25 Oct 2004

CEO of Samoa's Health Ministry given 21 days to respond to 45 charges laid against him

11:20 am on 25 October 2004

Forty-five charges are reported to have been laid against Samoa's suspended Ministry of Health Chief Executive, Lolofie Taulealeausumai Dr. Enosa, by the Public Service Commission.

Samoa's Attorney-General, Brenda Heather-Latu, is quoted by the Saturday Observer newspaper as saying Lolofie was served with the charges at his home and given 21 days to respond to them.

The Attorney-General also told the newspaper that other senior Health employees will be served with charges within the next few weeks.

To date 10 health staff have been suspended as an investigation continues into the alleged mis-use of $400 000 at the ministry.

Only three of them, junior-level staff, have so far appeared in court to face criminal charges.