Samoa Associate Minister of Trade blames Police
The Associate Minister of Trade, Commerce and Industries, Muagututagata Peter Ah Him has lodged a complaint against the police officer who breath tested him.
Muagututagata alleges that “his actions are irresponsible, dangerous and risky in spreading diseases.”
In the copy of the complaint given to Weekend Observer, Muagututagata alleges the Constable “refused” to change the mouthpiece for the breathalyser machine.
The officer, Constable Manaima Patu, was also “very arrogant, rude and embarrassing for me as a member of Parliament.”
Muagututagata was responding publicly for the first time to weeks of controversy over allegations that he with the help of deputy Prime Minister, Fonotoe Pierre Lauofo avoided breath testing at a traffic stop.
Muagututagata said he was “not questioning” an article which quoted sources as saying a “direct order” had been given to investigate officers who complained about him in an official police report.
“However”, he said, “I believe there maybe some misunderstanding because the investigation in question in the article may have been prompted by a complaint which I have filed with police against one of the officers.”
Muagututagata at tached a copy of the complaint, “which hopefully will clear any future miscommunications.”
In the copy of the complaint given to Weekend Observer, Muagututagata refers three times in one paragraph to his being a member of Parliament.
Muagatutagata restates earlier claims that the breath tests came out “negative”.
This contradicts the official Police report which said Muagututagata had failed to blow properly into the breathalyser, giving a reading of “insufficient volume” of air.
The Associate Minister also alleges that there were “political” reasons behind the Constable stopping him.
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