Case against suspended Police Commissioner

No time frame yet for Samoa police probe

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.

Case against Police Commissioner adjourned as charges pile up

Defense counsel Komisi Koria did not object but applied to the Court to have all documents from prosecution available to them.

The court granted the application and ordered prosecution to provide documents to defense and adjourned the matter to next month.

After the mention, the Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Justice & Courts Administration, Papalii John Taimalelagi confirmed to the media, that as of Monday this week, 271 charges have been filed against Fuiavailili.

Samoa’s Suspended Commissioner of Police Yet to Enter Plea in Case

The defendant’s lawyer, Komisi Koria argued that the National Prosecution Office has failed to uphold its given duties following its decision to engage an international independent lawyer and that this is a sign of failure to execute its role as the prosecution.

Koria also submitted that for the charge of false statements, the prosecution has insufficient evidence to prove such.

He has stated that the suspended police commissioner is only a second offender in the initial raid that led to the arrest of Suitupe Misa and for these reasons, his side cannot submit a plea.