11 Apr 2014

Top police officers in Samoa remain on suspension

8:44 am on 11 April 2014

There is confusion in Samoa surrounding the recommendations of an inquiry into allegations of abuse and misuse of power at Tafaigata prison.

The government suspended the Police commissioner, Lilomaiava Fou Taioalo, and the prison warden and assistant commissioner, Sala Seaga Uili, while the inquiry was carried out.

Our correspondent says the suspension of Lilomaiava and Sala will continue for another four weeks to allow the Ombudsman's office to carry out an inquiry under the Police Act.

But the Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, in his weekly radio programme says the commission of inquiry's recommendations has been accepted by the cabinet.

One of the recommendations he revealed was the construction of a fence around the Tafaigata prison, however he told reporters who were present at his radio interview that a release will be issued on Friday.

Tuila'epa says the suspended officers are still receiving their wages and have public vehicles for their use.