14 Apr 2008

Right to Malietoa title to be heard in Samoa's Land and Titles Court next month

11:02 am on 14 April 2008

Twenty seven parties have been confirmed in the Malietoa title court case which will be heard in Samoa's Land & Titles Court next month.

Talamua online news says several of these petitions are in support of Fa'amausili Moli Malietoa who had the title bestowed on him in June last year, but the majority are against him.

One of the petitioner is Fa'amausili's nephew and grand-son of the late Malietoa Tanumafili the Second, Papali'i Malietau Malietoa.

A lawyer by profession, he is arguing that the bestowal of the title Malietoa upon Fa'amausili should be annulled.

In the petition, he said that not every descendant of Malietoa Moli agreed to invest the title upon Fa'amausili.

He said that according to a court decision in 1939, the next in line for the title should be agreed upon and given the consent by all three clans to the Malietoa title.

Fa'amausili is the son of the late Malietoa Tanumafili the Second who passed away in May 2007.