29 Mar 2004

Three American Samoan officials face court over Tafuna probe

4:09 pm on 29 March 2004

Three high-ranking officials are being taken to court by an anti-corruption committee in American Samoa over the handling of misconduct allegations in the territory's correctional facility.

The territory's media have reported instances of beatings and cruelty to prisoners and sex offences against women prisoners at the Tafuna facility.

The Public Safety Commissioner Tuiteleapaga and the Warden Mika Kelemete did not show at a Senate Select Investigative Committee hearing so they are being taken to court by the group.

SSIC chairman, Lualamaga Faoa, says the Attorney-General Fiti Sunia is also to appear in court.

"We also filed a contempt citation for the attorney general Fiti because of his interference with the subpoena that was issued by the SSIC. He advised the commissioner and the warden not to show up. So that is the reason why we filed the action in court for a contempt citation."

Lualamaga says the three will appear on court on April the 13th.