I am pleased to now report on the successful return of the SWAPmobile into SWAP custody. Following a year-long court wrangle SWAP’s Toyota Prado Regn 15414 has returned home thanks to a judge that, in his own words, “wanted resolution of the matter” and [hint; hint] “today”. It happened today, thanks to everyone ‘doing their bit’.
Samoa Observer (Samoa’s local tabloid) is AGAIN in deep doodoo (and no it’s nothing to do with me suing them or them suing me!) it’s again their amateurish approach to IT matters, especially online. In this post I demonstrate that yet again Samoa Observer is poised to lose all their online history on Google, a worst case scenario for anyone interested in making or maintaining a web presence. I give them warning and advice. [Read more…]
This post is an initial ‘whack’ at reporting my observations of the politics within the Samoan legal system. Judges and lawyers with conflicts of interest, bias and personalisation of business matters in a small fiercely proud island state are par for the course it seems. Knowing how corruption pervades Samoa in other strands of Samoan society, I’ve been expecting, perhaps even dreading revelations of the same within the Samoan legal system. My take is that indeed it’s not much different. [Read more…]
I’ve had a good day in court today but my blood is boiling. Here the Palagi Samoan blogger shares three stories of more dodgy Samoan lawyers – first the one that I’ve charged with a crime of dishonesty; then a guy who got roasted by the judge and misrepresented his client badly but shamelessly let his clients love him to bits who thanked him profusely for doing whatever he tried to do; then yet another Samoan lawyer suing her sister for defamation when she told the truth . . . oh yes, and the judge . . . well he’s their cousin! OMG, could it get any crazier? OK Samoa, get ready for gossip . . . here we come! [Read more…]
In December 2015 I appeared before the Samoan Chief Justice who gave me until Monday this coming week to prepare a Motion to Dismiss a Samoan Lawyer whom I had charged with a crime of dishonesty. Here are the documents, the MOTION, my AFFIDAVIT and the EVIDENCE. Enjoy! [Read more…]
In this Sermon from Samoa I share the philosophical basis for my self-imposed Christian label, “non-denominational Christian” and the significance of what I call simply (here in third world Samoa), “going under another [authority]’. The spiritual significance to this belief system is huge & in time will become much more relevant as the Holy Spirit continues to draw people away from organised religion. It’s a massive subject but here’s a first-whack at it. Enjoy! [Read more…]
Today I stood before a judge of the Supreme Court of Samoa taking a matter I first lodged in the District Court to the next level. Doing something in the Supreme Court was another first for yours truly – a little scary in some ways but I had done the preparation work and have got used to standing in a Samoan Court so I wasn’t overly worried. Nervous but not worried. Observers said to me, “You were ‘good’ [in court]!” and when asked to explain they said, “You got what you asked for!” [Read more…]
Today I lodged an “Information” with the Samoa Supreme Court, which I believe is Samoa’s first private prosecution*. The man I charged is a lawyer, Pa’u Tafaogalupe Mulitalo from Aniu’u Law Firm and I charged him under Section 141 of the Crimes Act for Conspiring to Defeat Justice. The guts of it is that he lied in court. I challenged him in court at the time and out of court after the hearing. He later confessed and promised to correct the record but he didn’t, and today he still hasn’t. As far as I’m concerned he’s committed a crime, lawyer or not. The case is scheduled for the first day the courts are open January next year, 2016. Golly, another first! [Read more…]