4 Dec 2007

Commission of Inquiry report alleges corruption in Ministry of Justice in Samoa

4:05 pm on 4 December 2007

A Samoa Commission of Inquiry looking at gaps between the authority of village councils and the formal courts claims some staff at the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration are corrupt.

The commission's report is now before the cabinet for discussion before it goes to parliament.

The inquiry has found that staff members have allegedly altered information on court cases involving themselves or their families.

It is also claims they had accepted bribes from the public.

The commission says this allegedly corrupt behavior has delayed cases at the Lands and Titles Court.

Our correspondent reports the chief executive officer of the Ministry, Masinalupe Tusipa, saying the findings are a challenge.

He doesn't deny the contents of the report but says it is a step forward in encouraging staff to perform their duties honestly.