14 Jan 2008

American Samoa prosecutor calls on people to vote against corruption in government departments

9:40 am on 14 January 2008

An American Samoa government attorney says public corruption is prevalent in the American Samoa Government.

Assistant Attorney General Faamomoi Masaniai noted that while the AG's office has prosecuted a significant number of cases there are others which have not made it to the courts because police have chosen not to investigate. .

The prosecutor says the territory's voters can help reduce cases of corruption.

"For a long time now these things have been going on and it's time that we stopped. It's time we stood up and took our nation back. It's time that we stood up and the government worked for the people. Now people, you have the power and that power comes from your vote - a vote for who you believe will do the right thing for you."