Police to investigate former election boss

The Ministry of Police has launched an investigation into the former Electoral Commissioner, Papali’i Malietau Malietoa. 

This was confirmed by members of the Police force who are not allowed to speak with the media. 

Papali’i Malietau Malietoa was removed following an investigation by the Public Service Commission in 2015. 

The investigation is being carried out by the Criminal Investigation Division. 

When contacted for a comment, Malietau was shocked. 

“I was not informed of an investigation and only heard it first from you; natural justice dictates that I be informed of an investigation being undertaken and the scope of that investigation,” said Malietau. 

He added the timing is unusual. 

“It was 2015 I was terminated but I will defend myself via the lawful process. I would not be surprised given my vocal opposition against the dam being built in Alaoa,” he said. 

He told the Samoa Observer that his lawyer will be contacted, although he did not share the identity of his lawyer. 

 The Samoa Observer contacted the Attorney General for comments. 

As of press time, the Attorney General has not responded to email and texts messages seeking comment in relation to the issue. 

Emails to the Police Commissioner Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil – for comments as to why the matter is now being investigated – were not responded to at the time of going to press.

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