Monday, 14 July 2008 11:30 AM

Possible Criminal Charges for Samoan RAMSI Officer

A Samoan RAMSI police officer may face criminal charges over the death of a Solomon Islands woman in a car accident last month in Honiara.

This was revealed following a meeting between Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, RAMSI and Solomon Islands government officials last week.

The Samoan police officer is currently being investigated in relation to the case.

It was alleged that two off-duty Samoan officers serving under RAMSI in the Solomons were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

The young nurse died after being hit by the two officers who were using a RAMSI vehicle.

SIBC news quotes Prime Minister Malielegaoi as stating that lawyers are looking into the rights of the two police officers.

No decision has yet been reached on the immunity issue.

The Samoan Prime Minister added that the issue is "very sensitive" at this stage.

Mr. Malielegaoi said that whatever decision made would set a precedent for officers of Samoa assigned to Solomon Islands in the future.

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