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Matai in “hogtie” incident remains in jail

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In an update on the case revolving around the 72-year-old man who was bashed and hogtied and carried like a pig through his village, the Lefagaoalii village matai charged with attempted murder remains in custody until at least Monday, Oct. 2, when his bail application will be heard in court.

Samoa Observer reports that Aitauia Ioasa Lemau, made his initial appearance before Justice Niavā Mata Tuatagaloa earlier this week, where the prosecution said they needed more time to finalize charges.

Lawyer for Aitauia, Alex Su’a pressed the court for bail for his client but was opposed by prosecutor Iliganoa Atoa, which was accepted by the court.

Aitauia is one of 12 men charged in connection with an incident where another matai of the village was hog-tied and carried out of his home for, allegedly, defying the village council.

The other five matai and six untitled men have been released on bail pending their first appearance at the Tuasivi Court House, Savaii.