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District Court Judge Fiti Sunia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  The case of another male from Samoa with two different names was heard in District Court last week. Pelesasa Faalemiga appeared in court last Friday pursuant to a bench warrant that was signed and issued by Judge Fiti Sunia, when Faalemiga failed to appear multiple...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The case of a Tongan national who was supposed to leave American Samoa after her sponsor terminated her sponsorship in 2016 has surfaced, after reports circulated that the woman is employed by a local store/ restaurant in Nu’uuli, despite the fact that her Immigration ID...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Acting Associate Justice Elvis P. Patea has issued a bench warrant for an Asian business man for failure to comply with a court order. The businessman, Mr. Kim, is believed to be the sponsor of a Fijian man, who is jailed at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF)....
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The local Department of Homeland Security is conducting an investigation this week into the case involving a Filipino woman who refuses to leave the territory and her former sponsor and employer — who is Rep. Vui Florence Saulo, the owner of the FSA Land Development,...
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The case of a Filipino immigrant who refused to leave the territory after her legal sponsor refused to renew her Immigration ID is now determined to fight her case in court. Samoa News understands that the Filipino woman, who is the subject of contention between two...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “Whenever the court releases an individual to the custody of Immigration, that means immigration has the responsibility to make sure those individuals are not hard to find. Now, the defendant is no longer under your custody and he’s also not present in court today, so,...
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — A Samoan grandmother living illegally in New Zealand for 31 years has been granted residency. South Auckland Sunday School teacher Lesa Matagitau, 53, was last year served a deportation order and was terrified at the thought of going back to Samoa where she has no...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A representative from Island Technologies Inc. in Faleniu has denied reports that they employed an over stayer from Fiji last year and underpaid him ($60 a week). According to a representative, their company never hired Rusiate Tabete nor did they pay him the amount he...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An over-stayer who entered American Samoa in 2015 to work as a crewmember on a fishing boat appeared in High Court yesterday for sentencing, after he was convicted of stealing items from a store in Faleniu, where he used to work last year. During sentencing yesterday...
Chief Justice Michael Kruse [SN file photo]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Sentencing for Tao Liu has been continued to May 18 so the court can get information regarding his immigration status, especially the status of his 2-year-old son, who is under the custody of the Department of Human and Social Services. Liu appeared in High Court last...