5 Jun 2014

American Samoa prisoner moved after alleged assault

6:45 pm on 5 June 2014

An American Samoan jail inmate, who says his life was threatened inside the Territorial Correctional Facility on Tutuila, is now serving his sentence in a cell in Manu'a.

Leuma Malala was taken to Manu'a last weekend after he was sentenced to 28 months in jail for assaulting his wife and unlawful possession of a weapon.

The Chief Justice Michael Kruse ordered the Government to find an alternative place for Malala after he claimed he was assaulted several times.

Malala said the first assault, by a police officer, left him needing hospital treatment.

Two further incidents involved inmates whom Malala has not identified.

The acting Commissioner of Public Safety Save Liuato Tuitele says Malala will serve out his sentence in Manu'a under the direct supervision of the police based there.

In the meantime the assault claims are being investigated.