30 Mar 2006

Samoa's prime minister takes legal action against opposition parties

8:00 am on 30 March 2006

Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele is taking legal action against leaders of the Samoa Democratic United Party and Samoa Party.

He told the Samoa Observer this is over what he described as deliberate misrepresentation of the truth and grossly defamatory statements against Government.

The claims relating to land ownership were distributed in leaflets handed out to villages this week by the SDUP and Samoa Party.

The PM says the statements were in breach of basic election decency.

The court action, he says, will name Samoa Party leaders Le Tagaloa Pita, Su'a Rimoni Ah Chong, Sala Vaimili II and SDUP leaders Le Mamea Ropati, Asiata Saleimoa Va'ai and Tuia Pua Letoa as defendants.

Tuilaepa had last week requested Attorney-General Brenda Heather-Latu to review if there were grounds for a defamation suit.