23 Oct 2002

Jury being selected in trial of Daewoosa Samoa owner

3:03 pm on 23 October 2002

Jury selection began this morning in Honolulu in the long delayed US federal government's case against Kil So Lee, the owner of the failed American Samoan garment maker, Daewoosa Samoa.

Lee, a Korean, is facing charges of involuntary servitude, racketeering, extortion and bribery.

Two American Samoans who worked as personnel managers at Daewoosa Samoa are co-defendants in the case.

They face charges of conspiracy against the rights of citizens and aiding and abetting involuntary servitude.

The garment factory had been staffed largely by Vietnamese women brought to the Territory by Daewoosa.