Supreme Court cancels arrest warrant for Zipso

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Tina Mata'afa-Tufele is a Pasifika journalist that has been writing and covering news related to the Samoan experience for over a decade. She's written for Samoa News in American Samoa, Tuatalatala.com (covering news from Hawaii, the U.S.

  • Sipili Nanai or Zipso did turn up in court but thanks to his lawyer it was the wrong time.
    Sipili Nanai or Zipso did turn up in court but thanks to his lawyer it was the wrong time.

The Supreme Court has set aside the Warrant of Arrest for Sipili Nanai, Samoa’s hit singer known as Zipso.

Nanai’s sentencing has been re-scheduled for next week.

The defendant’s lawyer gave him the wrong time for his court appearance early this week on Wednesday, April 10.

The court set the Warrant of Arrest aside after Nanai visited the courthouse, but later than the scheduled 10 a.m. sentencing.

The defendant was scheduled to appear at 10 a.m. for sentencing Wednesday, but when his matter was called he did not appear.

A police officer stepped outside the courtroom and called his name twice. The police officer informed the court that Nanai was not present.

Consequently, Justice Tafaoimalo issued a Warrant of Arrest.

The warrant was later set aside, as in cancelled.

Nanai was initially charged with attempted murder in connection with an August 2018 incident in Solosolo that left the victim hospitalized, in critical condition.

He pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm.

Nanai will be sentenced before Supreme Court Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren at 10 a.m., Monday, April 15, 2019.

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