A.G. Lemalu confirms Police investigation

Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, has confirmed that the Police have launched an investigation into the conduct of former Electoral Commissioner, Papali’i Malietau Malietoa. 

The investigation is focusing on what led to Cabinet’s decision to terminate his services three years ago.

Asked about the timing of the investigation given that Papali’i was let go following an investigation by the Public Service Commission in 2015, Lemalu said the investigation has merits.

 “All P.S.C. files referred to us and that are with our office are being given a full review as part of an updating of our files,” explained the Attorney General. 

Lemalu added that there is P.S.C. evidence, which calls for a referral to the Police.  

“Where the evidence supports it, referrals will be made to the Police for their views and recommendations,” said Lemalu.

He did not elaborate.

Commissioner of Police, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil has yet to respond to questions from the Samoa Observer on the status of their investigation.

On Wednesday, Papali’i Malietau said he was shocked when contacted for a comment. 

“I was not informed of an investigation and only heard it first from you,” he said. 

“Natural justice dictates that I be informed of an investigation being undertaken and the scope of that investigation.”

He added that the timing is unusual. 

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

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