Deidre Tautua – Fanene
A tighter security is anticipated while Prime Minister Tuilaepa is visiting Australia, to add more cheer to the Manu Samoa against the Wallabies, in last night’s World Cup warm up international.
The Commissioner of Police, Fuiavailili Egon Keil, assured all necessary security measures is taken by the host country, for the security of the Prime Minister.
The security issue was raised by Newsline Samoa with the Commissioner of Police, in response to the alleged threat of a murder conspiracy suspected to be planned from Samoans living in Australia.
““I just think he is the leader of our country so we have to afford him the best possible security imaginable to any leader of a country that includes our leader as well,” Fuiavailili told Newsline.
He emphasised the safety of the PM is paramount as it would be for the leader of any country.
“The safety of our leader is paramount because he represents Samoa, he represents our government so we have to protect him in any way we can,” he said.
Moreover, Police commissioner said it is the responsibility of everyone and other nations that he is visiting to ensure his safety.
“Now I don’t want to elaborate into the statistics and security but it is very important that we all work together with other nations that he is visiting not just Australia, to make sure that he and other leaders are safe wherever they go.”
He pointed to building relationships with other law enforcement as well and have some sort of agreement to take care of visiting leaders.
“It’s just like when Australian and New Zealand heads of government come over we do our best to ensure they are safe during their trip and then they go home safely.
“So I like to think that it is reciprocated.”
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, who is also Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union watched the Manu Samoa out up a credible performance with a 15-34 loss to the Wallabies.
Three people are already charged with conspiracy to murder the PM with a fourth, reportedly a Samoan the Ministry of Police are trying to extradite from Australia where he lives.