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Samoa's customary law questioned after 72-year-old man is bashed and hogtied

Screenshot of the elderly man who was hog-tied and

Apia, SAMOA — The brutal treatment of an elderly man who was beaten, tied to a stick by his wrists and ankles and carried like a pig through his village has shocked Samoa.

Video footage taken of the incident in Savai'i earlier this month has gone viral on social media and sparked a debate about customary law. 

The 72-year-old man was taken to hospital after he was allegedly bashed, hog-tied and banished by local men on the orders of the village council.

Police have charged 12 men over the incident, including one with attempted murder.

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