17 Jun 2008

Samoa police and government officials will wait for RAMSI report on fatal accident

10:03 am on 17 June 2008

Samoan police and government officials will wait for an official report from the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, or RAMSI, on a fatal car accident in Honiara before deciding on what action they should take.

RAMSI officials have expressed their condolences to the family of the woman who was hit by a car driven a Samoan policeman working for the Mission.

The officer was allegedly under the influence of alcohol.

The RAMSI report on the accident is due today.

The family is reportedly asking the Mission for financial compensation of more than 70,000 U.S. dollars

Meanwhile our correspondent in Apia, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, says cultural protocol usually requires an ifoga or apology by gift giving, to take place.

"That will be very interesting if the government and the ministry of police are going to perform that very important part of our culture by performing an ifoga to a family of the deceased or in accidents of this kind."

Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia in Samoa.