15 Mar 2010

Former Samoa police commissioner selected for peace keeping mission

9:47 am on 15 March 2010

Samoa's former Police Commissioner, Papalii Lorenese Neru, has been selected as one of a three member contingent to take up a peace keeping mission in East Timor.

Our correspondent in Apia understands the selection of the former police commissioner has been approved by the UN Peace Keeping Mission head office in New York.

Papalii Lorenese is expected to take up duties as a consultant.

The former police commissioner had left the Ministry of Police and Prisons last year when his contract was not renewed and did not reapply because of his involvement in the smuggling of guns from American Samoa on board the police patrol boat.

A commission of inquiry had found the former police commissioner and the captain of the MV Nafanua patrol boat in breach of their police duties because of the smuggling of weapons from the US territory.