Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann P. Retzlaff, is returning home from the Marshall Islands with some great news for Samoa.
Samoa has been affirmed as the host of the Pacific Island Legal Officer’s Network (P.I.L.O.N.)Secretariat base, to be housed in the office of the Attorney General.
The secretariat activities in the region are primarily funded by Australia and New Zealand.
But there is more, Lemalu is also re-affirmed that Samoa will continue to Chair the Regional working group on sexual and gender based violence (S.G.B.V.), as well as a member of the governing board or Executive Committee for P.I.L.O.N.
“This is a vitally important organisation within the region, and its role in increasing Attorney General Office’s interaction must be cultivated and maintained,” Lemalu said in a statement.
“Samoa is a committed member of P.I.L.O.N. and is excited with the future plans to continue to assist each other in the difficult areas of law enforcement that we are dealing with.”
Lemalu was in the Marshall Islands for P.I.L.O.N’s annual general meeting of regional Attorney General hosted by A.G. Dr. Filimon Manoni.
Fifteen countries were represented, including the attendance of six Attorney Generals from the region, D.P.P’s as well as the Deputy Solicitor General of NZ and Cook Islands together with senior representatives of the Australian AG’s department.
Held from the 17 to 20 October the meeting covered legal enforcement issues such combating cyber-crime, witness support for domestic violence cases, money laundering, illegal fishing, and the increase of drug related offending in the region.
The members are encouraged to share their views, learn from each other, and support each other in terms of assistance where policy, enforcement or legislative changes may be required.