Samoa police arrest King Faipopo as investigation into assassination plot continues
Police in Samoa have arrested Malele Atofu Paulo, also known as King Faipopo, as an investigation into an alleged plot
to assassinate the prime minister continues.
The police arrested Malele at the court house this morning after he appeared on earlier charges of making false
accusations and defaming Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.
Malele Atofu, aka King Faipopo, sitting in court Photo: RNZ Pacific /Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia
More than ten officers, including police wearing civilian clothes, attended the arrest of the man whose King Faipopo
moniker stems from his prominence on social media.
It's the second arrest by police, following last night's raid on the home of a candidate for the Samoa First political
party in the Faasaleleaga by-election this year.
Lema'i Faioso is being questioned by police.
Police have released few details on the alleged plot, which came to light two days ago.
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