24 Feb 2010

American Samoan leaders homebound after Washington mistrial

5:16 pm on 24 February 2010

There's been some reaction after a US federal court cancelled the trial of two American Samoan government officials before a verdict was returned.

Lt. Governor Faoa Aitofele Sunia and Senator Tulifua Tini Lam Yuen were charged with fraud, conspiracy, bribery and obstruction.

Our correspondent, Monica Miller, reports.

"We have talked to the attorney for Mr Sunia, the Lt governor, and he says that the Lt governor is very pleased, he's planning to return home. The older brother of the Lt governor has also told the media he's been in contact with the Lt. governor and he sends all his thanks to the people here at home who had been praying and supporting and offering words of encouragement for a successful end of the trial. This morning, the senate president announced that he's been in contact with senator Tulifua, who's essentially the vice president of the senate, and he's also sent his thanks for the support that the senate had been giving him while he was attending his trial and he's very happy that the trial has ended successfully."