Samoan Po­lice force un­happy with lead­er­ship

Fiji Sun - - World News -

Apia: A petition of no con­fi­dence against Samoa’s sus­pended Po­lice Com­mis­sioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil, has been pre­sented to the government through the Min­is­ter of Po­lice. The petition, which was signed by se­nior Po­lice hold­ing the rank of com­mis­sion officers, raises con­cerns about the han­dling of sev­eral mat­ters in­volv­ing officers within the min­istry of Po­lice by the Po­lice com­mis­sioner.

It in­cludes con­cerns over the reg­is­tra­tion of two un­law­ful firearms un­der the name of the min­istry with­out the re­quired au­thor­ity of the min­is­ter. A Po­lice source told RNZI cor­re­spon­dent the petition was handed to the min­is­ter last week. The Po­lice Com­mis­sioner is fac­ing four crim­i­nal charges, in­clud­ing un­law­ful de­tain­ing a per­son, dis­or­derly con­duct in a public place, per­jury, and making a false state­ment in re­la­tion to the wrong­ful ar­rest of a mem­ber of the public last year. The court will hear next Fri­day an ap­pli­ca­tion by the com­mis­sioner’s de­fence lawyer to quash the charges. A New Zealand-based lawyer has been hired by the At­tor­ney Gen­eral, Le­malu Her­man Ret­zlaff, to pros­e­cute the case. RNZI

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