25 Oct 2006

Samoa police minister defends appointment of retired policeman to Timor policing unit

11:07 am on 25 October 2006

Samoa's Minister of Police, Tole'afoa Apulu Fa'afisi, has defended the appointment of a retired assistant police commissioner to lead the contingent of fifteen police now in East Timor for the UN's peace keeping mission.

Tole'afoa points out there was nothing wrong in the decision because the retired assistant commissioner, Tuitoga Poe Ualesi, was appointed by the UN after he had applied before retiring from the force last month.

The minister's comments in defending the decision has come while several senior police officers have questioned the appointment because many other officers are capable of leading peace keeping mission's overseas.