26 Sep 2013

No monitoring system used for Samoa inmate transfers

1:21 pm on 26 September 2013

A woman police inspector in Samoa says there is no system to monitor the transfer of detainees from the police headquarters to Tafaigata prison.

Inspector Rosalia Matamu was testifying to a Commission of Inquiry investigating allegations of abuse of power and mismanagement at Tafaigata.

The inspector was questioned by lawyers assisting the commission and the three-member commission on how they monitor people kept at Tafaigata for investigation or waiting for their appearance in court.

She explains that detainees are only kept for 24 hours and to be releases under bail by a registrar of the court, but they could stay for longer depending on the seriousness of the charge.