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Samoa's King Faipopo faces new charges over social media rant

Malele Paulo Atofu, known on social media as King Faipopo
Source: RNZI

Apia, SAMOA — Samoan man Malele Atofu, also known on social media as King Faipopo, has been arrested and placed in police custody for the second time.

His lawyer, Unasa Iuni Sapolu, said his client is facing new charges of making a defamatory post on Facebook.

Unasa is accusing the police of abuse of power and she alleges the Prime Minister who is also the minister of police is behind the latest arrest of her client.

The Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, is overseas and was unable to respond to the allegation.

But Tuila'epa was involved in a previous case where it's alleged he was defamed in a social media video rant by King Faipopo, resulting in his arrest three months ago.

Tuila'epa is one of the prosecution witnesses in that case.

The defendant's application for the matter to be quashed because Samoa has no jurisdiction to hear the case will be heard next Monday.