23 Mar 2011

Court in Samoa issues warrant of arrest for high profile prisoner in NZ

12:40 pm on 23 March 2011

The Supreme Court in Samoa has rejected an application to extend the stay in New Zealand of a Samoan man convicted of theft and the falsification of documents.

Semi Samau, who worked as the Manager of the Legal Division of the Development Bank of Samoa, was found guilty last November and sentenced to five years in jail.

But he has never served his sentence because after the ruling he was admitted to hospital and transferred to New Zealand.

He is undergoing medical treatment for a heart condition and sought to extend his stay in Auckland for further medical checks.

He was ordered to return and appear before the court on the ninth of this month.

The court has now issued an arrest warrant for Samau to return to Samoa.