11 Nov 2009

Samoa MP says he had no choice but to sue

11:02 am on 11 November 2009

Samoa's Associate Minister of Tourism and Trade says he has every confidence in his US based lawyers to represent him in his immigration case.

Hans Joachim Keil has decided to file a 10 million US dollar lawsuit against the U.S. State Department and Immigration and Customs a year after he was arrested and detained in the U.S. state of Missouri.

The Samoan MP was arrested in September 2008 and charged with 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

Three months ago Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law notified state authorities of Mr Keil's intention to file a lawsuit.

But Mr Keil says his lawyers have had no reply so far and so he says the decision to go ahead and sue was evident.

"T he biggest law firm in the world is in the United States government. They have thousands, thousands of lawyers working there but I have a lot of confidence in my lawyers and win or lose we need to let them know that they cant be pushing people around the way they did."

Hans Joachim Keil has served in the US military and is a decorated war veteran.