22 Feb 2008

Uncertainty over court date for suspended Samoa assistant police commissioner

4:28 pm on 22 February 2008

Officials in Samoa have declined to say when the court hearing will be held for a suspended assistant commissioner Moto'otua Tiatia.

The hearing date for Moto'otua who faces five criminal charges including indecent assault was set last December by the presiding district court judge Fao Tauiliili Harry Schuster after the name suppression was lifted.

Neither the Attorney General's office nor the Ministry of Justice would say when the hearing will be.

A state lawyer and an officer of the Ministry of Justice say they are awaiting a written decision on the date.

The presiding judge says he has already made a decision and the court should have it in its diaries.