3 Jul 2008

Recently passed lands registration law in Samoa to be challenged in court

3:14 pm on 3 July 2008

An opposition MP and leader of the Samoa Democratic United party Asiata Sale'imoa Va'ai, has vowed to challenge the Lands and Titles registration law recently passed in parliament.

Asiata says the new Torrens system of land registering is unconstitutional.

The Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, has publicly denied allegations the registration law would allow the sale of customary land.

Asiata says he was planning to take legal action way before the legislation was passed at the end of June, but knows it will be very costly to pay the legal fees.

"People who had opposed it in the beginning and who continue to oppose it, are now looking at other ways of seeing how they can tackle the thing. Of course one way is to take it to court and challenge the validity of the registration, which is what we're exploring now with some people."

Asiata Sale'imoa Va'ai