5 Mar 2008

Samoa police ministry probe widened

5:03 pm on 5 March 2008

Past and current top police officers in Samoa may be linked to alleged misappropriation of funds, reportedly amounting to half a million US dollars.

The investigation into the alleged abuse of funds in the Ministry of Police and Prisons is continuing, with employees of the accounts division being questioned.

This follows a police raid last Friday to seize files and computer records.

The ministry's accountant, Taylor Miti, has been charged as a result and is now in police custody at Tafa'igata prison.

Our correspondent has been told more people could be charged, with several former and current top police officers suspected to be implicated in the scandal.

The assistant police commissioner and spokesman, Papalii Li'o, has made no comment about progress into the investigation.