30 Dec 2004

American Samoa Senate committee expects to report this week

3:33 pm on 30 December 2004

American Samoa's high-prifole Senate Select Investigative Committee says it hopes to produce by the end of this week a report of its hearings and findings of the past two years.

The committee chairman, Senator Lualemaga Faoa, says lawyer Robert Maez has been compiling their report and as chairman he is expecting the final document to reach him on Friday.

He says copies will be given to the Governor, the Attorney-General, the Commissioner of public Safety and federal officials, including the Secretaries of Justice and of the Interior.

Lualemaga Faoa says it will be up to the new Senate membership whether to establish a new investigative committee, but he says his committee's work cannot be stopped and much of it is already in the hands of federal officials.

Most of the members of the committee have not been returned by their districts to the Senate.