Court Deputy Registrar charged for stolen shot gun

Police destroying the guns obtained in 2015’s gun amnesty

By Rula Su’a – Vaai

APIA SAMOA – TUESDAY 3 JULY 2018: A Deputy Registrar of the Ministry of Justice is in police custody accused of stealing a shot rifle that went missing from the Ministry in 2013.

Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil said the Deputy Registrar is charged of stealing the weapon and may face more charges.

“There is a possibility that the police will be pressing more charges against the accused,” the commissioner told Talamua.

He added that the shot rifle was held for investigations into a road block at Satapuala village in 2013.

“When the shot rifle was recovered, it was still functioning, and it came with two boxes full of ammunition,” said the Commissioner. He declined to comment where the shot rifle was recovered.

“It is during police investigations into Chong Nee’s burglary which led to the whereabouts of the stolen shot rifle,” said Fuiavailili

The Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Justice, Papalii John Taimalelagi confirmed that the Deputy Registrar is being suspended awaiting the outcome of his court case. The accused will appear in court next Monday for mention.

The Police Commissioner however revealed that another gun went missing from the Ministry of Justice in 2016.

“We are still looking for another missing gun, six months ago, and I call on the public to be safe because it is another dangerous weapon, and if you have any information, please call us on 22222 and do not approach any person that may have this missing weapon.”

Meanwhile, the police have recovered two of the 4 missing guns that were stolen by Sonny Pati Chong Nee from the home of a former police officer at Ululoloa.

“There are still two guns out there, but the M14 shot rifle – the kind that is used by the military has been found.”

More than 300 guns that were confiscated by police will be destroyed on Thursday this week.

“These weapons were the ones seized by the police during their raids,” Fuiavailili explained.

He also said that the police are considering calling another gun amnesty like that of 2015.