Samoa's Deputy PM denies police interference

Deputy Prime Minister, Fonotoe Pierre Lauofo has denied allegations that he interfered with Police carrying out their duties. Fonotoe made the denial in a letter to the Weekend Observer.

Dated 25 October 2013, the letter was in response to a “Police Report Form” alleging that the deputy Prime Minister stopped the Police from carrying out their duties in relation to Associate Minister, Muagututagata Peter Ah Him who had been stopped and tested for alcohol.

Fonotoe’s letter is published in verbatim:

25 October 2013

Mata’afa Keni Ramese
Samoa Observer newspaper

Dear Editor,

I am presently overseas on government business and would like to take this opportunity to response to implications that I had allegedly stopped police from carrying out their duties on the eve of October 4th 2013, while the law enforcers were conducting a breathyliser test on Associate Minister Muagututagata Peter Ah Him as published in your newspaper.

For the record, I strongly deny these allegations.

On that same note, I also welcome the police initiation to re-investigate the circumstances of the incident in question.

It reaffirms my belief that no one is above the law and I have no intention of interfering with the police inquiry and will cooperate willingly.


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