10 Oct 2016

Tribunal to investigate Samoa feud

8:35 am on 10 October 2016

Samoa's cabinet has appointed a tribunal to investigate a feud between the country's prosecutions office and the attorney general.

The development comes amid a stand-off between the two offices over the suspension of the director of prosecutions.

Director of the Public Prosecution office in Samoa, Mauga Precious Chang

Suspended Director of the Public Prosecution office Mauga Precious Chang Photo: supplied / Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

Mauga Precious Chang was suspended in April after she was charged with driving offences.

The acting director, Muriel Liu, had clashed with the attorney general over who was able to prosecute the case against Ms Chang.

Ms Liu was suspended by cabinet on Thursday, and on Friday, the government announced that the attorney general had assumed the duties of the director of public prosecutions.

Our correspondent in Samoa, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, said the tribunal will look into the conduct of Ms Chang and Ms Liu.

"The cabinet, in their statement, [said] the performance of their duties was in breach of the legislation in which that national prosecutions office was based on, and I think that's why cabinet is now appointing a three-member tribunal," he said.

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