Samoa Police

Arrests in Samoa after ambush instigated on Facebook

Police said two youths were in custody facing assault charges following an ambush, which used Facebook to lure their victim.

The use of social media to instigate violence reflected negatively on the community, police said.

The defendants are due in court on 9 September.

They were caught on video assaulting a 17-year-old at Savalalo market a week ago.


Samoa police may charge another for assassination plot

Sources close to the inquiry have indicated that a Samoan man living in Australia is alleged to have been involved by sending money to two of the three suspects already charged.

The money had been spent in hiring a vehicle to carry out the plot, including the search for a weapon.

Last Friday the police say the evidence includes the use of social media from within and outside of Samoa.

3 charged in relation to plot to assassinate Samoa PM

Two of the accused have been remanded in custody until 26 August 2019 for mention.

Police said they would not release further details due to the seriousness of the allegation and the investigation is ongoing.

The matter was reported to Samoa Police Service on 13 August following a tip-off by the Lauli’i Village Council.

Police said their evidence includes the use of social media both inside and outside of Samoa.

Samoa police to charge two suspects over alleged plot to assassinate PM

This was confirmed by Samoa's acting police commissioner, Papalii Monalisa Keti.

However she said the Attorney General, Lemalu Herman Retzlaff, is reviewing the file before the police will carry out the normal procedure for filing the charges.

Since last night, police have arrested two suspects in relation to the case: Malele Atofu Paulo, also known as King Faipopo; and Lema'i Faioso Sione.

The pair are in police custody.

Police have released few details on the alleged plot, which came to light two days ago.

Origins of Samoan baby's body still a mystery

The Samoa Observer newspaper reports local mayor, Fa'alogo Sasauli Moli, saying the council had been to every family in Lauli'i and concluded that someone must have dumped the baby.

Fa'alogo said all babies born in the last eight months in the village had been accounted for.

He said the village council will not stop until they uncover who did, what he called this "unchristian act".

Meanwhile the police have advised the public to refrain from posting pictures of the decomposing body on social media.

Juvenile in Samoa charged with murder

It is alleged that there was a scuffle between the juvenile and the 24-year-old victim on 25 July 2019.

The victim was injured and admitted at Motootua Hospital on the same day.

According to Police, the victim died in hospital on Monday, 5 August 2019.

The Samoa Police Criminal Investigation Division were notified of the man’s death on the same day and the suspected was arrested and charged.

He will remain in custody until 19 August when his case will be called for mention in the court.

Police said the suspect knew the victim.



Police continue to search for missing Samoan prison escapees

Newsline Samoa reports Police sources have contacted them stating that they suspecting public to be hiding the two escapees.

Threats of breaking the law by aiding and abetting the runaway criminals continue to be circulated to warn off public support.

Tips from the public are still reaching through for the police to follow up but in some cases the people reported have similar features to the prisoners.

Police are making every effort to follow up any leads that sometimes take them hours of travel to get to the suspected location of public sighting.

Samoa Police investigate discovery of two bodies in vehicle

The victims have been identified as a 66-year-old man of Falelauniu and a 49-year-old female of Siusega and Tafaigata.

According to Police, both individuals were found in the back seat of a vehicle plate number 21594 parked at Tuanaimato.

 They were taken to Motootua Hospital and were declared dead on arrival.

A post mortem has been requested for both deceased and police investigations are continuing.



Samoa police officer charged for corruption

The officer is accused of accepting a bribe from a man charged with the possession of more than $US150,000 worth of cocaine and heroin.

The man had tried to move the drugs through Faleolo International Airport with his Vietnamese wife, who is facing separate charges of bribery in American Samoa.

The Samoa police commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil, said he had zero tolerance for people who betray the trust of the community.

There will also be an internal police investigation, Fuiavaillili said.


4 Samoa Police officers serve in UN mission in Dafur

Police Commissioner Fuiavailiili Egon Keil and his Executive bid farewell to the officers, which included one female officer Friday.

The officers flew out last weekend.

Peacekeeping deployment is consider vital and it is part of the Samoa’s Government commitment to the United Nations since 1999.

Samoa’s peacekeeping contribution is highly recommended at the International arena given the unique Pacific communal approach its officers has to offer.