2 Oct 2007

Samoa minister still awaiting report of alleged police rape case

4:10 pm on 2 October 2007

Samoa's Minister of Police, Tole'afoa Apulu Fa'afisi, is still seeking answers from the police commissioner, Papalii Lorenese Neru, of the whereabouts of the report into attempted rape allegations against a suspended assistant commissioner.

The police commissioner is away for meetings overseas.

It is five months now since the senior officer was suspended and police sources say the police professional standards unit investigation was completed.

The Attorney General, Aumua Ming Leung Wai, has also made a recommendation to the police commissioner for the senior officer to be charged.

The minister has recently asked the police for a report on the matter but Tole'afoa says he was told the commissioner is the only one who has it.

The police spokesman Papalii Li'o says the commissioner is out of the country for four weeks attending meetings in the United States and New Zealand.