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APIA, Samoa (February 26, 1999 - PACNEWS)---Samoa's Supreme Court has refused to grant an application by the Samoa Observer newspaper for the removal of an injunction stopping it from publishing the salaries and other financial details of Polynesian Airline executives.

Judge Andrew Wilson has ruled that the leaked documents containing the information were inherently confidential, Televise Samoa reported.Justice Wilson reportedly said ample evidence was supplied to support the airline's contention that publishing the information would be to its detriment, and would negatively affect high level talks currently underway between Polynesian and other airlines and suppliers.

The judge ruled there was no evidence to substantiate allegations by Observer publisher Savea Sano Malifa that some skulduggery was involved in the system of advances and allowances paid to the airline's officials and senior staff.

Justice Wilson said the documents contained no proof of misdeeds.

An injunction filed by the airline stopped the Samoa Observer's February 16 edition from hitting the streets

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