18 Aug 2015

Sacked Samoa police chief sues AG

2:48 pm on 18 August 2015

Samoa's former Police Commissioner, Lilomaiava Fou Taioalo, is suing the Attorney General, and three members of a Commission of Inquiry, over recommendations to the Cabinet that led to his dismissal.

The ombudsmen who chaired the inquiry are Maiava Iulai Toma, Gatoloai Tili Afamasaga, and Su'a Tanielu are defendants in case.

Lilomaiava and one of the assistant police commissioners who managed the prison, had been suspended for 12 months while the commission had investigated allegations of mismanagement and corruption at Tafaigata prison.

Lilomaiava Fou Taioalo

Lilomaiava Fou Taioalo Photo: RNZI / Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

The former commissioner is seeking to quash the decision and seek damages over what he says is the unlawful termination of his service, as well as damage to his reputation.

The legal action has been adjourned to the end of this month so the defendants can file a response, before a hearing date will be set.