Former Head of State named in SSIG multimillion talā lawsuit

Former Head of State Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi named in a multi-million talā lawsuit against the Government

By Rula Su’a – Vaai

APIA, SAMOA – MONDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2019: Former Head of State, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi has been named as the 7th party to the $5 million talā lawsuit brought by the Samoa Solidarity International Group – SSIG against the Government.

Also added as one of the respondents is the Asian Development Bank that lawyer Unasa Iuni Sapolu said were the main forces behind the passing of the Land and Titles Registration Act 2008.

The matter was recalled in the Supreme Court today for the respondents to respond to an application seeking leave to amend the statement of claim by the plaintiff.

The respondent counsel did not oppose the leave application however she applied for the plaintiff to file a joint amended statement of claim including the two new respondents.

Chief Justice Patu Tiavaasue Falefatu Sapolu adjourned the matter to 25 February for the plaintiff to file and serve a motion of an amended joint statement of claim, for the first, second, third, fourth and fifth respondents to file and serve a motion for security costs.

Outside of court, Unasa said she is going to make sure that all those who were responsible to the passing of the LTRA Act 2008, are brought to justice.

She refers to the LTRA Act 2008 as “a very dangerous piece of legislation to our customary lands.”