23 Oct 2008

Samoan MP waives rights to speedy trial in US

11:48 am on 23 October 2008

Samoa's associate minister of Commerce, Labor and Industry, Hans Joachim Keil, has waived his rights to a speedy trial at the federal court in the U.S.

He is facing one count of falsely and willfully representing himself to be a U.S. citizen and one count of willfully and knowingly using and attempting to use a U.S. passport.

A federal court document said Mr Keil was told of his rights to a speedy trial.

However his U.S. defense attorney, John Kizer, says he vows to vigorously defend his client because Mr Keil is not guilty of the alleged crime.

Mr Keil has pleaded not guilty to the charges and has been released on bail.