22 Mar 2013

Investigation underway into mobile phones in Sama prison

9:00 am on 22 March 2013

An investigation is being launched into the apparent smuggling of mobile phones into Samoa's Tafaigata prison.

Videos showing a mock beauty contest by inmates at Tafaigata prison and candid interviews with inmates have prompted the investigation.

Talamua online reports the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Fauono Talalelei Tapu, saying he finds it hard to believe that the mobile phones used to record the videos were smuggled into cells.

He also discounts a police officer recording the videos.