2 Mar 2007

Samoa's Olomanu juvenile rehabilitation centre faces police investigation

10:42 am on 2 March 2007

The newly opened rehabilitation center for juveniles in Samoa is being investigated following an alleged indecent assault by an inmate on two other inmates.

The police commissioner, Papali'i Lorenese Neru, says the allegation is viewed as very serious.

The commissioner has also ordered an investigation into the circumstances that lead up to the alleged assault.

The Olomanu rehabilitation center was set up by the government in December last year with the aim of providing a constructive environment through education for young offenders and to divert them away from criminal activities.

Papali'i says the inmates are trained in the centre in many fields such as gardening and bible study and participate in a range of sporting activities.