9 Feb 2011

Samoa waiting on an overseas judge to hear sex charges against a doctor

4:53 pm on 9 February 2011

The police prosecution in Samoa has dismissed local reports that the case of a medical doctor facing a charge of indecent assault has been delayed because the case file had gone missing.

A state lawyer says the file is still in the possession of the police awaiting the Ministry of Justice to arrange an overseas judge to preside over the matter.

A retrial was ordered by the Court of Appeal more than two years ago after the defendant was acquitted in the Supreme Court.