20 Oct 2016

Another adjournment in Samoa police commissioner case

4:00 pm on 20 October 2016

The hearing of an application to quash the suspended Samoan police commissioner's criminal charges has again been adjourned.

Samoa's Police Commissioner Egon Keil

Samoa's Police Commissioner Egon Keil Photo: RNZI / Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

Fuiavailili Egon Keil is facing four criminal charges over an unlawful arrest by the police of a man at the Fugalei market last year including one charge of unlawful detention, one of perjury, as well as one of providing false statements and disorderly conduct.

This time the National Prosecution office, which is temporarily under the supervision of the Attorney General, has asked for the case to be adjourned until an overseas lawyer arrives to represent the prosecution.

Who that lawyer will be is not known and the hearing is postponed until November 11th.

RNZ International Samoa correspondent Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia said it is understood an overseas lawyer has already been arranged by the National Prosecution office to prosecute the police commissioner's case.

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