Case against woman who allegedly assaulted Tuilaepa, with Police, says Justice Chief

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The alleged assault of former Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi, by a woman is now at hands of the Police. 

Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration Papalii John Taimalelagi Afele confirmed with  Radio Polynesia that a woman collared Tuilaepa and broke his ula fala, after the Ministry’s thanksgiving service held today. 

“I can confirm that this matter is being investigated by the Police,” said Papali’i.

He said its unclear what prompted the commotion but reports from the Ministry staff confirm that the police are handling this matter.

Papalii is currently in New Zealand and will be in the country over the weekend to assume his post as CEO. 

The incident was also confirmed by Deputy Police Commissioner Papalii Monalisa Keti.

An MJCA staff told Radio Polynesia they were shocked when the woman grabbed Tuilaepa shirt and then she was dragged away, but his ulafala was broken as a result.

The Ministry’s thanksgiving service is held every year before all the judges report back to work. 

This is a developing story.