13 Sep 2007

American Samoa sets up senate ethics committe to deal with Yuen case

3:17 pm on 13 September 2007

In American Samoa, a Senate Ethics Committee has been established to review and recommend what action the Senate should take on the case of Senator Tulifua Lam Yuen who has been indicted by the federal government.

The Senate President Lolo Letalu Moliga says although it's a most difficult decision he is duty bound to take action as Senate leader.

He says the issue will certainly define the integrity of the Senate and test its moral fiber.

Lolo says it is natural for members to feel that they must protect their colleague but he is bound to take action on matters which may tarnish the integrity of the Senate.