Cabinet seeks legal opinion from AG in case of Tuuau Faasavalu


The two-year-old hit-and-run incident that took the life of a University student, Tuuau Faasavalu at Vaitele was the subject of Cabinet deliberation last Friday. 

This follows recent claims on BluTv by Samuelu Leau Su’a that he was an eyewitness on the night of the incident and accused government officials and members of the public whom he says were involved. He also leveled claims against the Police for hiding evidence he provided. 

Acting Prime Minister Tuala Iosefo Ponifasio on Friday issued a public statement confirming the Minister of Police, Faualo Harry Schuster, had declared a conflict of interest and will not involved in the case.  

According to Tuala, he met with Police Commissioner Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo seeking an update on their investigation, and it has been confirmed that this case remains open. Given the recent developments, Tuala said, warranted the involvement of Cabinet, and therefore, the Attorney General’s Office has been tasked to review all the investigation files in this matter and issue a legal opinion on what action to take in this case. 

He also emphasized the role of the Police to maintain order and enforce the law accordingly. Also, evidence is required for Police to lay charges as mandated by the law.