6 Oct 2004

American Samoa attorney general advises government employees to ignore subpoenas

11:27 am on 6 October 2004

American Samoa's attorney general, Fiti Sunia, has again advised government directors and employees not to honor any subpoenas issued by the Senate Select Investigative Committee.

Sunia informed cabinet members yesterday that subpoenas continue to be issued to government officials and employees by the Investigative Committee.

He said the committee's authority expired with the closing of the 28th Legislature in September and any subpoena now issued under the auspices of the SSIC is invalid.

Ther attorney general advised anyone served with a SSIC subpoena to contact his office immediately.

The Investigative Committee is scheduled to hold hearings on Thursday and government officials have been subpoenaed to testify before it.