22 Sep 2009

Arms probe ends Samoa police commissioner's career

6:23 pm on 22 September 2009

Samoa's previous Police Commissioner did not reapply for his job because of the inquiry into arms smuggling from American Samoa earlier in the year.

Papalii Lorenese Neru completes his term in office at the end of this year.

A Commission of Inquiry into the arms smuggling recommended charges be brought against the commissioner.

But Cabinet opted for censure instead.

Our correspondent in Apia, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, says it was not know at the time, but the Cabinet decision also involved instructions about the Papalii's future with the police:

"This was part of the Cabinet decision, not only to censure the police commissioner, but he was told that when he finished his three year term, this was his second three year term as police commissioner, then that would be it."

Our correspondent in Apia, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

Along with a new Police Commissioner, there are new Chief Executive officers at the Ministry of Revenue, Education and the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.