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The new wall at TCF
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Trial Division of the High Court has ordered the sponsor of a man from Samoa who was convicted of assaulting his girlfriend to come forward and fulfill his responsibility under ASG Immigration laws. And that is, paying the defendant’s return airfare to Samoa and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was born in Samoa but raised in American Samoa has been ordered to depart the territory — after serving his jail time — and remain outside of its borders for the duration of probation. Hafiti Filimaua appeared in High Court last week for sentencing, after being...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An overstayer who is serving a 28-month jail term at the TCF was in High Court last week for a probation review hearing. Sefo Mika, 32, entered American Samoa on a 30-day visitor's permit in 2017. He was in the territory illegally for over 4 months before he was arrested...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  A father of four was arrested again last month on the allegation that he violated conditions of his 5-year probation which was handed down by the High Court 4 years ago. John Pelenato, who has been in custody since his arrest two weeks ago pursuant to an arrest warrant...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An overstayer from Samoa who told the court last week that his wife has already filed papers to renew his immigration status has been remanded to custody without bail until his next hearing on Feb. 26th. Migao Siliga appeared twice last week before District Court Judge...
Terriorial Corectional Facility (TCF)
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An overstayer from Samoa convicted of using a stick to strike the head of a minor has been ordered by Associate Justice Fiti Sunia to depart the territory after he is released from jail. After several continuances in Teofilo Kuka’s sentencing — so both attorneys could...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of assaulting another man during a drinking session last week is now in custody after police allegedly found 2 small baggies containing illegal drugs and a glass pipe — also containing drugs — in his possession. Adam Nikolao made his initial appearance in...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 42-year-old male accused of disturbing the peace in Fagaima made his initial appearance in District Court last week, where he entered a ‘not guilty’ plea to the charges against him. Thomas Taala, a.k.a. “Thomas Viliamu” is charged with third degree assault, third...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man who assaulted another man by punching him in the face and kicking him multiple times while he was on the ground was sentenced last week to 24 months behind bars. Valoaga Kome was initially charged with third degree assault; third degree property damage;...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Samoa accused of assaulting his 55-year-old uncle with a metal pipe, and then damaging the elderly man's vehicle has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Tautua Alesana, 25, was initially charged with second degree assault and first degree...

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