Second complaint lodged against Deputy Ombudsman

A Malie high chief, Fa’amausili Tauave, has questioned the status of a criminal complaint he says he lodged against against Deputy Ombudsman, Maualaivao Pepe Seiuli, over an alleged verbal disagreement.

Fa’amausili told the Samoa Observer he had not heard back from authorities since lodging the complaint in September.

“I attended our village meeting and expressed my request to be a candidate for the upcoming General Election, but it was received with negative responses," he said. “To date there has been no response from the Ministry of Police. 

“It appears [...] this is the end result, people just file complaints and they are not given a direct response."

A retired veteran, Fa’amausili said the “negative responses” he received were insulting. 

A copy of the criminal complaint was viewed by the Samoa Observer during an interview. 

Attempts to get comments from the Police Commissioner,  Fuiaviaili’ili Egon Keil, have been unsuccessful as of press time.  

Fa’amausili also claimed his rights to run for the General Election were being interfered with because of the alleged actions. 

However, Maualaivao Pepe dismissed the claims. 

“I am not aware of this," he said. He also rejected claims that he’d infringed upon Fa’amausili’s rights to run for public office. 

“They should return to America to vote, because that’s where he’s from," Maualaivao said.

Three months ago, a former Member of Parliament, Maualaivao Pat Ah Him, also filed a complaint with the Police against the Deputy Ombudsman.

The Minister of Police Tialavea Tionisio Hunt told the Samoa Observer that he was unaware of a “second complaint” being filed against Maualaivao. 

“No one is above the law. I said this regarding the first complaint and I will say this again for this alleged second complaint," the Minister said.

"These cases should be prosecuted and they should be tried before the court and they will determine the solution for both these matters."

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