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Charges against police officer in Samoa dropped

The Samoa Observer reports lawyer Afamasaga Michael So'onalole confirmed his client Sialele Mala Fuatai Ueli had the charges withdrawn in court last week.

He said Police initially dropped three charges and later asked the court for the remaining charges to be dropped too.

The 47-year-old officer was charged in January.

Afamasaga said he will be filing a report with the police to reinstate his client and back-pay her from the period of her suspension.


New Samoan police officer eager to serve South Auckland community

Constable Leonardo Wright, proudly wearing his 'ulafala, was one of the 36 new constables of Wing 347 to be attested at the Police College in Porirua. 

The 21 year old says he's "stoked and over the moon" to be graduating after a gruelling 16 weeks of training and induction. 

"Being the eldest of five, being the first in our family to be a cop in New Zealand is a pretty big acheivement. I just want to make my family proud."​

Samoa police officer pleads guilty

The police constable, Schrikrishna Schwenke, was suspended last month after he was arrested.

He pleaded guilty to the charges when he appeared in the district court on Monday.

The Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil, said all officers, including himself, should be professional and strive to gain the trust of the public by upholding and obeying the law.

Meanwhile an internal inquiry is being carried out against a police inspector for allege breaches of the police code of conduct.


Samoa police officer found guilty of firearm charges

A district court found Aiolupotea Laauli Talata'ina guilty of presenting a firearm to a woman serving a jail sentence.

He was also found guilty on one count of being armed with a dangerous weapon, in this case a 12-gauge pump action rifle.

Aiolupotea was the driver for the Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil, before being suspended when police filed criminal charges against him last year.

He will be sentenced next Monday.

The weapon involved in the case has reportedly gone missing after being exhibited during the trial.

VIDEO: Police officer threatens migrants with knife

Mohammed Riski, a Syrian migrant from Yefrin who arrived seven days ago said "there are thousands of people here (on the island). Everyday comes about 1,000 people and they give everyday paper for 200 people, 300 people and so many people are sleeping in the streets. All of the hotels are full. There are no toilets or any services. Just the water - thank you."