9 Oct 2013

Samoa's Schuster apologises in Parliament after 2012 roadblock incident

6:23 am on 9 October 2013

An opposition MP in Samoa has apologized in parliament for his involvement last year in the roadblock incident at Satapuala village which resulted in a guilty charge for the MP.

The MP, Toesulusulu Cedric Schuster, was found guilty with seven other matai of his village for unlawful assembly, and resisting and obstructing police duties.

In parliament he has apologized on behalf of his village and his constituency saying there was no intention on his part to go against the prime minister and his government.

The apology comes after the speaker of the house, Laauli Leuatea Polataivao, put the outcome of the court case against the MP to the house for an open debate.

The Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, has accepted the apology on behalf of the government and his ruling party and says he forgives the MP.