21 Mar 2018

Village in Samoa volunteers youth suspects to police

4:23 pm on 21 March 2018

In Samoa at least 12 young men have been charged after a brawl and road block on Monday.

Road blockage in Luataunuu village, Samoa

The road blockage in Luataunuu village. Photo: RNZ Pacific/Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

The men from Luatuanu'u village have been charged with offences such as throwing stones, wilful damage and blocking a public road.

Members of the village council yesterday handed 18 young men over to the police after the blockade which caused chaos for commuters.

One of the high ranking orators of Luatuanu'u village, the MP Fonotoe Lauofo Pierre Lauofo Meredith, has apologised to the country for what happened.

The police say a police delegation has been sent to the village of Falefa whose rugby team was involved in a brawl with the Luatuanu'u team at the weekend.

A police spokesperson Auapa'au Logoitino Filipo told the Savali newspaper there is a likelihood of more people being charged.

Those charged so far are expected to appear in court on 24 April.