The Tealiki Story – 6. Misc. Topics

In this sixth in a series on the Tealiki land case I share pieces of information not covered elsewhere and give my usual commentary as I go. Enjoy.

During the research I did into the Tealiki land theft case, I found a string of crimes and injustices that confirm my belief that the descendants of the Tealiki Apai of Rarotonga are indeed those who have lodged the claim. When people go out of their way to destroy evidence, this shows me that they have something to hide. In court Mika’s people presented documents that showed without a shadow of a doubt their claim was valid. Nothing like that from the other side.

There is very strong evidence available to those interested that indicate knowledge from the Hunters, and Patus that they have stolen lands. If presented in court, it would be virtually impossible to counter. I’ve been given some of this in confidence but it exists. A complaint was lodged with the Samoa Police over the lawyer Tasi Patu altering records at the Birth Deaths & Marriages in Apia – and twice. This is prime facie evidence of guilt is it not?

Corruption in Samoa is the norm. Families are more concerned with protecting their name and position in society than the truth. That the CJ can reside on stolen lands, confess a conflict of interest previously yet still hear the matters belies belief – except that this is Samoa we’re dealing with! I note that caveats Mika put on the lands were removed without a defended hearing. The CJ again was involved. Notice was served on Mika’s families previous lawyer who supposedly advised the court that he no longer worked for Mika’s lot. The CJ again – holding a critical hearing to remove the caveats without representation?! The lands have now all but gone – “Oh dear! So sorry you weren’t at the hearing? Too bad . . . we told your lawyer!”

As a truthseeker and investigator I’m interested in patterns, not so much the legal situation. As I dived into the Tealiki land theft case I saw patterns emerge which indicated to me where the truth lay. On one side you had a family who effecively did nothing for years, just resigning themselves to the fact that they had been wronged. As they got the evidence piece by piece it all started coming together for them. Even more evidence has come to light since the trial.

On the other hand you had the rich and powerful who profited from the lands. When the little people started making noises about getting their lands back, the vested interests showed their guilt with more corruption such as removal of critical information from the government records. Patterns emerged of their producing multiple different family trees (actually more than a dozen!) without official documentation, to such an extent that those who attended the trial too could see the truth.

Another aspect of concern to me is the judicial system and how it works. Since the trial there has been more evidence come to light, some of it was known at the time of the trial and the lawyers chose not to use it (I bet if they are honest they will look back and regret those decisions) and some of it unknown until later. The appeal is primarily dealing with errors or injustice AT THE TRIAL and it is not a rehearing, thus the “one shot” that the family gets at this may have gone West. It depends if the Appellate take a wide or narrow view of the matters. I think if they send it back for a retrial all hell would break loose and the skeletons in this case would be visible for all, but justice may occur nonetheless. Perhaps there are three Appeal Court judges in Samoa who end up seeing what I see?

I have grave concerns for the conduct of the Appeals court in Q1 2018. First, if the CJ keeps to his usual conduct he will try to make it as difficult as possible for Mika’s lot – short notice, as soon as possible to prevent the gathering of evidence, stacking the Appellate with his friends. I note that the disgraced ‘pornography’ Judge, Robert Fisher is supposedly the head poncho presiding at trial – OMG!! I’ve already pinged him for unbecoming conduct in the courtroom and others tell me that he’s still into the porn thing in Samoa too. Do you think he will rule against his friend the CJ who has secured him the sweet Samoan junket in his latter years? I doubt it! Are the other two judges also bought off before they come to Samoa? Who knows, but they will have short careers in Samoa if the Appeal is held and the CJ loses his stolen lands and everything he has built on them since he ‘secured’ them!

This appeal is so important and has such a large consequence to many prominent powerful citizens that it not only needs to be squeaky clean, it needs to be seen to be clean.

The significance of delays is two-fold . . . first one has to question the inaction from Mika and his family. If you do nothing for years, decades in fact, then on what basis can you come back and demand lands? It’s not an easy one. Sure we can see the hurdles he faced with corrupt officials in the Public Trust making it difficult for him to locate the required documents but from 1958 to 2005? That’s a long time between sleeps! Then the delays from the ones who stole the lands and the gifting and disbursements to others when they knew that there was a claim afoot. That’s really into the evil there – criminal too I reckon. I really feel for this family and they certainly have lost a lot, but it is not all one-way traffic too as I will be sharing in the next post.

I find it curious too that the prominent business family in Samoa the Ah Likis changed their name around about the time of the land theft. As I understand things, the name Ah Liki never existed before then. In fact their family name is Westerlund on the father’s side and Ah Him from Nofoalii on the mother’s. That they now own substantial businesses in Samoa and took on the name Ah Liki is extraordinarily suspicious to me. ‘Accidents’ like that in history have good reasons, in this case I strongly suspect that the change occurred because of stolen lands from Tealiki – clever eh?

Oh boy, there’s a lot of dirt when you start digging . . . go also to Rarotonga and there’s even more!

But things are not all one way either. The process of engaging with Vavae, Mika’s widow, and John, the primary funder has been fraught with challenges for me personally. It has been an up, down, up, down professional engagement with different stories seemingly changing on a whim, sometimes flip-flopping daily. At times I get the impression that these guys are totally dedicated to the cause, are united and are on a roll, and yet at others, it seems like they are totally confused and couldn’t organise a bonk in a brothel. I found it sad to see these things. I look back on the delays and losses that the family has incurred and I see how the smarter ones have got one over them, year after year.

I can see a huge effort from Mika’s family – huge costs and yes a huge battle to get the required evidence despite evil blocking them at every turn but a lot of time, money and effort has been wasted the way I look at it. It must be hugely challenging to grapple with things like this when you come from a third world country. For me, with an analytical Western mind it smarts, yet one can’t live others’ lives for them.

All that aside, the Tealiki land case has huge ramifications for Samoa, whichever way the Appeal goes. I’m told that the family is “all set to go to Geneva” if they lose the appeal. I doubt it. First they have to do the Appeal and secondly you don’t just “go to Geneva” because you lost a court case. The only other Samoan case that ever got to Geneva that I know of was turfed out because they hadn’t exhausted all local remedies. Geneva is not interested in things like Tealiki’s land, when a judge has ruled, and probably a panel of Palagi judges will rule against the family too!

So I conclude now with where my heart really is . . . with the spiritual aspects of how a land case such as the Tealiki one affects the people and country of Samoa. Standby . . .

 

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