Police clear air on Vaitele hit and run

By Talaia Mika 02 September 2023, 9:00AM

The Police have dispelled rumours about the involvement of political figures in the hit and run death of 18-year-old Tuuau Faasavalu in Vaitele in 2021.

The members of the public have been urged not to spread rumours and back their claims with evidence.

Deputy Police Commissioner, Papalii Monalisa Tiai-Keti said the official information is that there has been no progress in the case but the file remains open.

"I can confirm that there is nothing like that, that police are aware of the case and there is no update on Tuuau's case," she said.

"There were some leads through the years but they were all unsuccessful in terms of facts which is normal for any investigation."

Papalii was queried about ongoing speculations that two members of parliament were helping to cover up the case as they knew the driver of the vehicle involved in the alleged incident.

There is also speculation that the accident vehicle was surrendered to the police in April by a family member of the driver and the police have kept it under the wraps.

This information was passed on to Papalii on Wednesday for verification and she reassured that the information was inaccurate and that there have been no leads into the involvement of any MPs.

The speculations were debated by members of the public on social media after the incident and was echoed by the mother of the victim, Rosie Maletino in a separate interview this week.

According to Mrs. Maletino, she had also been informed of similar stories by a vendor in Apia where she currently works.

"But that was not the first time I have been informed of similar stories about the affiliations of the two MPs by different people," she added.

Earlier this week, Mrs. Maletino said she is not sure who else to turn to as she seeks justice and urged the public to stop politicising her son's death.

The late Tuuau Faasavalu or Ituau was found lying on the side of the road on Maali Street, Vaitele in the early hours of Wednesday 21 April 2021. To date, the Police are yet to make any major progress in their investigation, with new leads coming up unsuccessful.

By Talaia Mika 02 September 2023, 9:00AM
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