Family of man killed in Samoa drug bust wants answers

The family of a man, who was caught in cross fire between Police and his relatives at Faleatiu during a drug bust in May 2012, wants closure.

Sami Rapi Lelevaga died from a bullet wound to the head, according to confirmed reports following the incident.

But the family is still hurting. Sami’s aunty, Mugi Satui Talimatasi P Faisauvale, claims their family has never received any information regarding what has become of the investigation.

She claims overseas experts had visited their family land several times after the death.

But there “has never been any response from Police regarding what the conclusion of the investigation was”.

Mugi was referring to New Zealand forensics experts who came to Samoa especially to conduct an investigation into whether the bullet that killed Semi was from a police weapon or other.

According to reports released by the media at the time, the investigation by the New Zealand Forensics experts was completed in June 2012.

But, 20 months later, the disappointed and concerned Mugi family are still waiting for answers.

“What we want to know is whether there was ever any investigation, what the findings were and will anyone be charged for my nephew’s death,” said Mugi.

She claims there have never been any attempts by Police to release any details to them regarding the conclusions of this matter.

But she is adamant they should have been informed. “He was a matai that served the family, the village, and he was a husband and father”.

His wife continues to live alone with their children at their home and she continues to carry the burden of what really happened on that day.

“That is why we want to know about the findings of the Police investigations – we want to know what really did happen - the truth.” Mugi recalls that morning in May that year.

“I was contacted by family at Faleatiu about the raid,” she said.


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