16 Feb 2006

Prison warden from American Samoa given bail ahead of trial on assault

2:32 pm on 16 February 2006

The U.S. District Court in Honolulu yesterday granted a bail request for Mika Kelemete Jr., a former warden at the American Samoan Territorial Correctional Facility, who is accused of beating an inmate three years ago.

His lawyer, the deputy federal public defender, Alexander Silvert, says he has been released on a 25 thousand US dollar bond but cannot return to American Samoa..

Mr Kelemete is accused of directing staff at the prison to handcuff inmate Sopa Siagigi to a tent pole, and then that he beat the man with a wooden board on the head, neck and upper back.

It is alleged that he then denied Mr Siagigi medical attention.