29 Aug 2006

Former Samoan MP to take legal action over ban

1:51 pm on 29 August 2006

A former member of parliament in Samoa is planning to take legal action against the mayor of his village, or pulenu'u, for continuing to refuse to lift a ban on him and his family.

Pa'u Sefo Pa'u was convicted last month of bribery and treating in an election court ruling.

But, the ban was imposed two years ago by the village of Fusi Safotulafai after accusations that village cultural protocols were breached.

Pa'u Sefo Pa'u's daughter now wants to stand in the up coming by-election but can't because of the ban.

Our corespondent in Apia, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia says if the pulenu'u are found to be in breach of a court order the matter will go higher:

"Well, then the matter will be referred to the highest court to deal with the charges of contempt of court."

Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia.