News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Samoan Murder Trial Will Not Be Televised

Samoan Ministers Murder Trial Will Not Be Televised

APIA: An application by Televise Samoa to film the trial of two former cabinet ministers over the assassination of Works Minister Luagalau Levaula Kamu starting in Apia today (Samoan time) has not been allowed, reports a new web site covering the case.

According to Samoa Live, which has set up a special website, this rules out an expected live telecast of the trial.

News media covering the trial are being allowed to take in only their notebooks and pens to the courtroom for Samoa's most high-profile trial since independence in 1962.

The courtroom is expected to be packed to capacity in the first few weeks.

Last week, Alatise Vitale, the convicted murderer of Luagalau, was spared the death sentence for shooting the Works Minister on 16 July 1999.

Pacnews reported that the mandatory death sentence pronounced on him was commuted to life imprisonment by the Head of State His Highness Malietoa Tanumafili II. Alatise will now be eligible for parole after 10 years.

Alatise is due to testify as a government witness in the trials of his father, Leafa Vitale, former Minister of Women's Affairs, and Toi Aukuso Cain, former Post and Telecommunications Minister.

A second key government witness, who was allegedly contracted by either Leafa or Toi to assassinate the late minister, is also reportedly due to give evidence.



© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>


New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news