The American Samoa Senate will scrutinize the pardon granted to a new senator.
The Samoa News reports that Senate President Lolo Moliga has compiled information to present to senators, regarding the background of senate hopeful Vaitautolu Liugalua, which includes a copy of his pardon by late Governor Uifa'atali Peter Coleman, for a criminal conviction.
Vaitautolu has been selected as the new senator for Manu'a District Number One.
Samoa News says that it has received information that Vaitautolu, a former cabinet member, was convicted of a sex-related crime, but he was pardoned by Governor Coleman.
Vaitautolu's name will be officially presented to Senators when the Senate convenes again on Tuesday.