9 Aug 2007

Uncertainty in Samoa case of alleged police rape

2:49 pm on 9 August 2007

There is uncertainty in Samoa over the case of an assistant police commissioner who was suspended in May amid rape allegations made by two policewomen.

Last month, a reliable source said the attorney general recommended filing charges against the officer.

The file of the police inquiy was sent to the police commissioner, Papalii Lorenese Neru, three weeks ago but he has reamined silent over the case.

A high ranking police officer who did not want to be named has raised concern over the handling of the case.

This is because the public could interpret the slow process as an injustice towards other members of the force whose contracts had been terminated.

The Minister of Police, Tole'afoa Apulu Fa'afisi, says he has not received any word from the commissioner about the inquiry since the file was sent to the Attorney General, Aumua Ming Leung Wai, for legal advice.