A third man charged in alleged plot to assassinate Samoa PM
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Police Service (SPS) confirms that three males have now been charged as a result of the investigation relating to a conspiracy to assassinate the Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.
A Police media statement received at 7:54 Friday night (Samoa time) said the evidence includes the use of social media from within and outside of Samoa.
“As we continue our investigation, we will explore other jurisdictions and determine whether overseas nationals or entities were directly involved and where the evidence is confirmed, there will be further charges,” said the Police.
“The investigation has also identified the recurring issue and influence of false allegations and unsupported statements posted on social media by knowing or ill intended persons.
“SPS takes any threat against the Prime Minister of Samoa very seriously and the full weight of the government law enforcement and its resources will be used to thoroughly investigate this matter.
“Because of the seriousness of the allegation, coupled with the fact that it is still an on-going investigation, we will not and cannot provide any further details other than to confirm that three suspects have been charged and two have been remanded in custody until the 26 August 2019 for mention.