Reporter charged for bribing Police officer

LoaBay Owner, Gago Faau Gago, has been arrested and charged with offering a bribe to a Police officer.

This was confirmed by the Commissioner of Police, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil, who said Gago was arrested on Tuesday evening.

The charge is in connection to a video posted by Gago taken at the scene of a domestic violence incident at Malifa where two people were left dead and a petrol station torched.

When he was told by a Police officer to leave the scene, Gago allegedly tried to give $20 tala to the officer. 

Gago, who has been released on bail, will appear in the Supreme Court next week Monday, for criminal mention. 

“Don’t bribe any Police Officer. It is illegal,” said the Commissioner. 

He warned the Police will not hesitate to file criminal charges for such incidents. 

Contacted for a comment, Gago admitted he was wrong. 

"I can confirm the bribery charge," he said. “I have already apologized for the way I handled the situation, as there was no intention [to bribe] the police officer; and my action is illegal. I have also apologized to the Ministry of Police for what I did,” he said. 

This week, President of the Journalists Association of Samoa (J.A.W.S.) Rudy Bartley said the actions of Gago were unethical and disappointing, and they will take the matter before the Media Council. 

“[The] J.A.W.S. Executive will be meeting and filing a complaint on behalf of the industry with the Media Council on this particular incident,” said Mr. Bartley. 

“The complaint is for breach of professional standards and [that the] integrity of the media industry has been compromised. This is unacceptable and it makes a mockery out of us in the industry.”  

 

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