Samoa lawyer’s no-show termed ‘blackmail’
Prominent lawyer Tole’afoa Solomona Toa’iloa has been accused of blackmailing the Supreme Court over his refusal to appear before Justice Pierre Slicer, yesterday.
Tole’afoa was representing former Member of Parliament, Toluono Feti Toluono, who is accused of fraud, until he stormed out of the Court last Friday. He was reportedly unhappy about the way in which the Court was handling the trial.
When the hearing resumed, Tole’afoa did not show up. Toluono, however, told the Court that his lawyer is asking for a mistrial and another Judge to preside over the hearing. Both requests were refused by Justice Slicer.
According to Toluono, Tole’afoa was not happy with “the lies” by a key witness in the trial”.