Judge Schuster ruled “there is a case to answer” in defamation case


District Court Judge Leota Raymond Schuster yesterday ruled “there is a case to answer in the defamation” claim filed against Tiumalumatua Maifea Fetu.

The criminal charges against the Australian Broadcaster were in relation to a complaint lodged by Fa’atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi over alleged “derogatory” claims made against how the FAST Administration took office.

Judge Schuster did not elaborate on his legal reasons but asked both counsels if they were ready to proceed with final submissions and while Defense counsel was ready to proceed, the Prosecution asked for additional time to prepare their submission.

The case is adjourned to Wednesday this week for final submissions.