Samoa Police

Samoan police sued for breaching man's rights

Malo Mose claimed he was arrested and charged in February even though he told police he didn't understand Samoan.

Mr Mose said he refused to sign a written statement police gave him because it was in Samoan and he didn't understand it.

The Samoa Observer reported the charges against Mose were thrown out in August after police said they did not have sufficient evidence to proceed.

Samoa police capture wanted man

Samoa Police said Chong Nee was caught after a nationwide search.

They had been seeking him for questioning over robberies and burglaries at several homes in Apia.

Police held fears for public safety after it was discovered guns had been stolen in one of the burglaries.

RNZ Pacific reports the police had not made it clear what Chong Nee had been charged with.

     

Prisoner escapes from Samoa’s Tafaigata Prison

Misiluki, 38, of Fagalii-tai and Salamumu was reported missing by the Samoa Prisons and Corrections Service at 12.40pm.

Police are now assisting the prison authority to locate him.

The public is being advised that Misiluki is considered dangerous and should not be approached.

If anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts please contact the police on phone 22 222 or 911 or report it to any police station near you.

 

Photo source Samoa Police Service/Facebook 

 

     

Man charged over murder of teen in Samoa

The suspect as well as the other four men have been charged in connection with drug-related offences.

Samoa Police say the teenager, Uili Uili of Satapuala Village was reported missing since 9 January 2018 by his family.

Uili’s family requested police assistance and indicated to them that he is suspected to have been a victim of a drug related incident.

During investigations police confirmed the existence of marijuana plantations and possible high-powered weapons.

Police identifies false passport producer within Immigration Department

Samoa Police conducted the internal investigation, probing through Immigration paperwork and documentation which identified the culprit.

Attorney General, Lemalu Herman Retzlaff has finalised the charges against the employee for breaching the Public Service Act.

It is anticipated that the suspect will be taken into Police custody at the end of the week.

According to the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet's Immigration Department, further enquiries are now proposed to evaluate the current system for the issuing of new passports.

Missing toddler reunited with family

Samoa Police Service through social media issued an alert yesterday afternoon seeking the public’s help to locate the child.

He had allegedly being taken by a fraudster yesterday morning.

Police have thanked members of the public who provided police with information which lead to the child’s discovery.

“We ask parents to be cautious and not to leave your kids with any stranger,” police said.

     

Evidence disappears in police officer trial

The Observer says the deputy registrar of the court reported the gun missing to police on Monday.

The chief executive of the Ministry of Justice Papali'i John Papali'i said the police were notified after an internal investigation failed to find out how the gun disappeared.

Papali'i says in the meantime court exhibits have been locked away in a place with only one key that never leaves his sight.

The trial of the suspended police officer is due to resume on Friday for the court to render its decision.

Samoa police boat in joint maritime operation

The operation was with the Cook Islands, Niue Police Services and it was supported by a New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Orion P3 aircraft.

The joint maritime operation managed to board 8 foreign fishing vessels (FFV).

All FFV were fully complied with their fishing licences, according to Samoa Police.

The objective of the operation is to enforce each nation's maritime legislations in relation to illegal, unreported, unregulated fishing as well as transnational crime issues.

Samoa police investigate case of 13 year old wife

The matter came to light when the girl sought police assistance after she claimed that she was assaulted by her husband.

The alleged assault took place in a village on Savaii last week and police upon investigation discovered the victim is underage.

Police spokesperson Superintendent Sala’a Moananu Sale told local media the investigation will cover the girl’s parents as well as the accused who is between the ages of 40 and 45.

Marriage to 13 year old girls is legally prohibited in Samoa.     

Samoa police leadership sued

This follows a failed mediation attempt by the Attorney General through a judiciary settlement in court with the plaintiff, Suitupe Misa.

Suitupe is suing the Ministry of Police, the former Minister of Police and the Police Commissioner for half a million US dollars for general damages, aggravated and punitive damages.

He said he was unlawfully arrested at gun point at Fugalei market in October 2015 without any criminal charges.

In a report, the Ombudsman Maiava Iulai Toma found the police raid was unlawful.