16 Oct 2008

Samoa probe into gun smuggling opens

2:34 pm on 16 October 2008

Four witnesses are the first to be called to give evidence in Samoa this afternoon as a Commission of Inquiry public hearing opens into the alleged smuggling of firearms from American Samoa to Samoa's police.

Last April, the firearms were transported on board the police patrol boat, the MV Nafanua.

The full report into the matter by a special agent in American Samoa's police is also expected to be considered by the Commission as well as the internal investigation report by the Ministry of Revenue where the Customs department is under.

A former police captain in the American Samoa Department of Public Safety Papalii Marion Fitisemanu is awaiting sentence for possession of a prohibited weapon in connection with alleged smuggling.