22 Sep 2008

Samoan MP released in US on bond

10:28 am on 22 September 2008

A high profile member of Samoa's Parliament, Hans Joachim Keil, has now been released from US custody.

American Samoan defence attorney, John Kizer, says the MP was in custody for several days due to a federal immigration detainer, which has since been dropped - allowing him to move for the release of his client on bond.

Mr Keil was arrested last week and charged with falsely and wilfully representing himself to be a US citizen and of attempting to use a US passport.

Mr Kizer says he has been in discussion with federal prosecutors and hopes they will review the merits of the case and do the right thing by dropping the charges.