LEGAL BATTLE LOOMS OVER SAMOA BANISHMENT

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Former cabinet minister tried to apologize

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Mar 16, 2009) - The village of Vaimoso is considering the Land and Titles Court recommendation to reconcile with the Vaiotu family. The dispute between former Cabinet Minister Vaiotu Mulitalo Siafausa Vui and the village of Vaimoso is likely to return to Court, relatives told the Samoa Observer.

Vaiotu seems likely to seek a court decision on his banishment from his wife's village.

Last Friday, Vaimoso, the village where he holds the title Vaiotu, rejected an ifoga (traditional apology) extended on his behalf.

Vaimoso insisted he leave the village.

Vaiotu was unavailable for comment during the weekend, but a close relative said Vaiotu will take the matter once more before the Land and Titles Court.

Last Friday, the Land and Titles Court proceedings on the matter were adjourned.

Presiding Vice President, Misa Pita urged the parties involved to reconcile and find peace using traditional Samoan customs.

It resulted in the ifoga being rejected.

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