Samoa's NPO says AG can't hire NZ lawyers

Earlier Lemalu Herman Retzlaff engaged two lawyers to prosecute the Director of Public Prosecutions, who faces charges of dangerous driving, and Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil, on charges including perjury, unlawful detention, providing false statements and disorderly conduct.

According to RNZ, the government said for reasons of fairness and equality, it was important an objective view was sought for the cases.

However in a statement the NPO said prosecution powers under the Constitution have not been delegated.

Samoa has new AG and prosecutor

The former head of the Attorney General's criminal division and senior lawyer, Precious Chang is the first Director of Public Prosecution to be appointed after Parliament last year separated the criminal prosecution division from the Attorney General's office.

The police prosecution is now under the Public Prosecution office.