No time frame yet for Samoa police probe

The Office of the Prime Minister in Samoa says there is no time frame for when a Commission of Inquiry into the Police will begin its work.

RNZ reports the cabinet announced last month that it would investigate the conduct of a suspended assistant police commissioner Samoa Mulinuu Mulinuu as well as the many grievances raised by several senior officers in a petition against the suspended Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil who faces 259 new criminal charges.

The PM's Office says government will not rush to settle this for a short-term fix.

It says there are many aspects to consider and with a key institution such as Samoa Police, the scope of the inquiry demands proper and purposeful consideration.

It says opposing views are a sign of a healthy democracy so there are positives to be gained from differing opinions.

And it added that unfortunately there are critics out there who would continue to fan the flames of discord, for their own benefit or amusement.

Photo: RNZI/Koroi Hawkins (Samoa Government Building FMFMII, ELEELE-FOU. Which includes the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet)