Criminals re offending while on bail concerns Police Commissioner   

Lagi Keresoma

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Wanted by police for sometime, Fotu Mo’a of Faleatiu village has been on bail and is brought in by police this morning for re-offfending.


By Lagi Keresoma


APIA, SAMOA – 24 APRIL 2020: The Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil has raised concerns about the merits of releasing a criminal on bail who goes back to serious re-offending and puts the community and police safety at risk.

The Commissioner expressed his concerns when police today caught two of four men who have been on the police wanted list as very dangerous.

In a police raid this morning, thirty armed officers including those from the special squad and the Fire & Emergency arrested Iolamo Mo’a and his brother Fotu Mo’a at Faleatiu village.

Fotu Mo’a was granted bail recently by the Court for charges of possession of narcotics and firearms.

Last week, Iolamo Mo’a and Sene Asomaliu had been using firearms to threaten police and the villagers.

“They discharged firearms threatening people of Faleatiu, so we met with the Alii ma Faipule of Fasitoo-tai and Faleatiu that we need to bring these guys into custody right for everyone’s safety,” said Fuaivailili.

The Commissioner suggested the courts re-consider the charged persons history and offending and the wider safety for the community and also the police whether it warrants bail or not.

Police are still looking for Sene Asomaliu and escaped convict Pati Chong Nee who has been at large for over a year.

Turn yourself in Sene is the Commissioner’s message to Sene Asomaliu.

“We will not stop and we will get you so the best thing for you to do, is to turn yourself in,” he said.

Suspected cocaine

Meanwhile, police also confiscated a yellow plastic bag with powder inside suspected to be cocaine.

Suspected cocaine confiscated by police at Faleatiu this morning

“It’s an illegal substance and I believe based on our preliminary investigation, this substance resembles cocaine. Now what is that drug doing here in Samoa?” the Police Commissioner wonders.

Cocaine in Samoa is ‘very new’ for Samoa he said.

Police will work closely with the regional Pacific Transnational Crime Network and Interpol in identifying how various powerful weapons and foreign money confiscated today, got into the country and in the hands of these villagers at Faleatiu.