Cop who stood up for Commissioner charged

By Pai Mulitalo Ale ,

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COP ROW: Sivelio Lui (right) when he was released yesterday afternoon at the Police headquarters.

COP ROW: Sivelio Lui (right) when he was released yesterday afternoon at the Police headquarters.

A Police officer, who is a member of the Tactical Operations Squad (T.O.S) who attempted to stand up for Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil, yesterday has been charged. 

Constable Sivelio Lui will appear in Court on 30 November 2016 to answer to a charge of insulting words. The charge was confirmed by Acting Police Commissioner, Samoa Mulinuu Mulinuu.

Constable Lui is accused of swearing at some of the Police officers who turned up to arrest Fuiava from his office.

Samoa confirmed there were differences between the Tactical Operation Unit and the General Police Division when the Commissioner was charged. 

He declined to comment on reports there was fight.

 “It has all been sorted out now,” he said. “We’ve managed to clear things up with them.”

A police officer who spoke to the Samoa Observer said Lui attempted to stand up for the Commissioner. He said Mr. Lui is one of the Commissioner Fuiava’s men and when they were there to arrest him, he tried to interfere.

The Samoa Observer approached the officer in charge of the General Policing yesterday, Samau Luatimu, to see if Constable Lui has been suspended. 

He said the decision would have to come from the Acting Police Commissioner. 

In the meantime, the Samoa Observer understands there was an emergency Cabinet meeting yesterday to discuss the mattter.

© Samoa Observer 2016

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