26 Oct 2004

Samoa's Attorney General says charges against senior bureaucrat have had a huge impact

5:03 pm on 26 October 2004

Samoa's Attorney General, Brenda Heather-Latu, says charges against the Ministry of Health's suspended CEO have had a huge impact on the country.

She confirmed the suspended Ministry of Health chief executive, Lolofie Taulealeausumai Dr. Enosa, was served with the charges at his home last Wednesday.

Brenda Heather-Latu says Dr Enosa has been given 21 days to respond to the forty-five charges of alleged breaches of the Public Service Act.

The Attorney General says the action has had good and bad effects - showing that the Government is doing something about the problem, but also revealing that the abuse could be widespread.

She says other senior Health employees are likely to be charged shortly.