Top cop’s vehicle attacked during routine P.M. escort

By Pai Mulitalo Ale 30 June 2016, 12:00AM

The Police Commissioner’s official vehicle was attacked while he was escorting Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi last week.

Commissioner Fuiava Egon Keil and his driver were not hurt but the car’s window was smashed. The attack happened at night.

The attack has resulted in an investigation, which is continuing, according to the Ministry of Police’s spokesperson, Maotaoali’i Kaioneta Kitiona.

“The escort for the Prime Minister is a routine one,” said Maotaoali’i. “It is the Police duty to escort senior government officials on some occasions and on this night, some threw rocks at the Commissioner’s vehicle.”

“Neither the Commissioner nor his driver were hurt from the incident.”

Maotaoali’i said they have not arrested anyone yet in relation to the attack.

According to reports, the Police Commissioner has sought help from the mayors of Fasitoo tai and Vailu'utai villages to find who threw stones at his vehicle.

Commissioner Fuiavailili could not be contacted for a comment.

Sources in the Police told Radio New Zealand that a drug raid in Fasitoo-tai last week could be the reason behind the incident.

By Pai Mulitalo Ale 30 June 2016, 12:00AM
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