Source: (2005) WSSC 9 (8th August). Supreme Court of Samoa. Downloaded 15 November 2005.

The accused’s family had also performed a ifoga (traditional formal apology) and it was accepted by the family of the deceased. The accused’s family had also presented a large pig and thirty boxes of tinned fish to the family of the deceased for the deceased’s funeral ‘lauava’. A presentation of two cattle beasts and thirty boxes of tinned fish was also made by the accused’s family to the village council of Saleapaga, the village where this incident occurred. Thus the incident that occurred has been settled between the family of the accused and the family of the deceased, and between the family of the accused and the village of Saleapaga. This is all part of what is now commonly referred to as ‘restorative justice’. (excerpt)


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