Police investigation continues in criminal libel case against Loabay Media

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Police investigation into the criminal libel complaint against Loabay Media is continuing.

The complaint was filed by the former CEO of the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration (MJCA) Papali’i John Taimalelagi, alleging Loabay defamed his character over claims sexual harassment claims, which Loabay insist led to Papalii’s termination as the Chief Executive Officer.

This was confirmed by Deputy Police Commissioner Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo in response to questions from Radio Polynesia.

“Investigation is ongoing as they are going through the files turned over by the Public Service Commission of the former CEO.

Papalii was sacked in 2019 following a complaint about the removal of court documents and sexual claims made by female staff of the MJCA.

In February 2022 Police served the PSC with a search warrant for the employment files of the former CEO of Justice.

Deputy Police Commissioner Leiataualesa Samuelu Afamasaga in an interview with Radio Polynesia at the time confirmed this is the second warrant which was signed by the Judge. Adding that there was a certain aspect of the sacked CEO’s file they required to assist with their investigation into his criminal complaint against Loabay.

Radio Polynesia understands the second warrant was signed by Acting Chief Justice Vui Clarence Nelson and was served to the PSC on Friday.

The first warrant was sworn in by Police Constable, Tasi Matafeo and signed by District Court Registrar Tofilau Shamilla Leavai, dated 21 January 2022 which was not honoured by the PSC.

In earlier reports, the Public Service Commissioner Lauano Vaosa Epa told Radio Polynesia, that their office has received the first Search Warrant which they were reviewing and validating its content in confidence and respond accordingly.