21 Oct 2014

Samoa policewoman drops out of UN peacekeeping mission

1:49 pm on 21 October 2014

A policewoman in Samoa has been dropped from a list of recruited officers for UN peacekeeping amid a probe for alleged breach of duty.

The officer, Goretti Fidow, is under investigation after a police vehicle she drove was involved in an accident last month.

The officer has not been charged as the acting Police Commissioner, Misa Talaimanu Keti, is awaiting the outcome of an internal inquiry by the Police Professional Standard Unit.

Our correspondent says several police officers have questioned why the inquiry has been taken so long and the officer is still not charged but carrying out her normal duties at Tuanaimato police post.

The assistant police commissioner who was acting commissioner at the time of the accident, Fauono Talalelei Tapu, said last month she would be charged.