14 May 2009

Samoa court strikes out legal actions by leader of opposition party

7:49 pm on 14 May 2009

The eight legal actions brought against the Samoa's Parliamentary Speaker and the Government by the Samoa Democratic United Party leader, Asiata Sale'imoa Va'ai, over constitutional matters, have been struck out in a decision by Supreme Court judge, Murray Kellam.

Four of Asiata's actions relates to financial matters, two against Parliament's standing orders, and two actions against the appointment of the Prime Minister and associate ministers.

Judge Kellam has ruled in favour of the Attorney General's strike out motion and says the legal actions by Asiata, on behalf of the SDUP party, are embarrassing and have no merit.