Samoa police inspector denies corruption
A Police Inspector accused of four counts of corruption and one count of possession of an unlawful weapon yesterday pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
Uelese Lolo, 50, who is a Warden at Tafa’igata Prison, appeared before District Court Judge, Vaepule Vaemoa Va’ai. He was accompanied by his lawyer, Fepulea’i Ameperosa Roma. Lolo is suspended from his role within the Police while the hearing is underway.
The alleged incidents, which have resulted in the charges against him, happened at Tafai’gata Prison. No other details were heard before the Court yesterday. Prosecutor, Muriel Lui, of the Attorney General’s Office, told the Court that the prosecution would call six witnesses to give evidence against Lolo. Judge Vaepule then adjourned the matter for hearing on 5 December 2012.
Two other matters involving Police officers were brought before Judge Vaepule yesterday. Police officer, Siaosi Salapo was charged with uttering insulting words while another police officer, ennaway Maisa was accused of one count of actual bodily harm and one charge of assault.