Three charged in relation to Police probe into Malaki’s death
The Police have arrested and charged three men in connection to their investigation into the death of Jeremiah Malaki Tauili’ili.
Mr. Tauiliili, a 24-year-old Civil Engineer working at the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, died at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital on Wednesday, following an incident at the Marina last Friday night.
The three men, whom the Police did not identify, were at the Police Station last night where the charges were laid.
“Samoa Police Service (S.P.S.) confirms that three males have been arrested and charged in relation to our investigation into the death of Mr. Jeremiah Malaki Tauili'ili,” said a statement issued by the Police last night.
“S.P.S. still encourages the public to come forward with any information relevant to our investigation. S.P.S. would like to thank the public for their ongoing assistance and patience during our enquiries.”
Attempts by the Samoa Observer to confirm from the Police what the charges are and the names of the men charged were not successful.
On Thursday, Police Commissioner, Fuiava Egon Keil, assured the public that they will do “what is necessary” to uncover the truth about the circumstances that led to the death of Mr. Tauiliili.
“When we are done with the investigation, we will do what is necessary,” he said. “The investigation dictates what we do, so when the investigation is completed, we will act appropriately.”
Attempts by the Samoa Observer to get a comment from Mr. Tauiliili’s family have been unsuccessful. This newspaper visited the family twice on Wednesday but they declined.
But Police officers who spoke to the Samoa Observer on the condition of annomity said Mr. Tauiliili was involved in an altercation.
The Samoa Observer was also told the Fire Emergency Services Authority was called and the man was taken to the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital.
They said the Police were not informed about the incident until the next day, when it was reported by the National Health Services to them.
Mr. Tauiliili slipped into a coma and his condition deteriorated before he eventually passed away.
Mr. Tauili’ili, who is a young father of one, had worked as a Civil Engineer for the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure.