BY Lagi Keresoma
APIA, SAMOA – MONDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2016: Lawyer Sarona Ponifasio has opposed an application from the Attorney General’s office to adjourn her clients’ $1 million talā lawsuit against suspended Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil, until the criminal proceedings against him is dealt with.
Sarona who represents Suitupe Misa, told the Court today that she was ready to proceed with the hearing of the claim, and Justice Lesatele Rapi Va’ai suggested tomorrow for the hearing.
However, counsel for the Attorney General’s office asked for an indefinite adjournment of the case until the criminal proceedings involving Fuaivailili is over.
Sarona opposed the Attorney General’s application and asked that all documents relating to the case be released to them.
Justice Lesatele Rapi Vaai granted the adjournment to the 3rd October 2016.
Suitupe’s claim is his response to the way he was shamed in front of the public when police arrested him at gunpoint at the Fugalei market in August last year.
He lodged a complaint with the Ombudsman’s office who conducted their own investigation, and their 46 page report was damaging in the manner the police handled the arrest.