23 May 2017

Samoa police leadership sued

1:35 pm on 23 May 2017

A Samoan man is going ahead with plans to sue the police establishment over an unlawful arrest at gun point in 2015.

Samoan police headquarters in Apia

Samoan police headquarters in Apia Photo: RNZI/Sally Round

This follows a failed mediation attempt by the Attorney General through a judiciary settlement in court with the plaintiff, Suitupe Misa.

Suitupe is suing the Ministry of Police, the former Minister of Police and the Police Commissioner for half a million US dollars for general damages, aggravated and punitive damages.

He said he was unlawfully arrested at gun point at Fugalei market in October 2015 without any criminal charges.

In a report, the Ombudsman Maiava Iulai Toma found the police raid was unlawful.

The Ombudsman had also raised concerns on the use of arms in broad day light in a public place.

The case is scheduled to be heard in November.

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