11 Jul 2008

Samoa PM says criminal charges possible over RAMSI accident

2:25 pm on 11 July 2008

Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, says the Samoan police officer being investigated over the death of a Solomon Islands woman in a car accident last month could face criminal charges.

Tuila'epa's comments come after he met RAMSI and Solomon government officials last week to discuss the matter.

The woman died after being hit by two off-duty Samoan officers who were allegeldly under the influence of alcohol while using a RAMSI vehicle.

The prime minister says it's a very sensitive issue at this stage, with lawyers looking at the rights of the two police officers.

According to the prime minister no decision has been reached on the immunity issue.

He says whatever decision is made, it would set a precedent for those officers Samoa sends to Solomon Islands in the future.