22 Jul 2004

American Samoa senators told to investigate judge

10:14 am on 22 July 2004

There has been a call in American Samoa for the Senate to address controversial comments made by a leading judge.

The judge, Atiulagi Pese, said during last week's Manu'a centennial celebrations that the Senate should drop probes into allegations of corruption.

Senator Te'o Fuavai brought up Atiulagi's remarks during the Senate session yesterday.

Senator Te'o said he was disturbed to hear a member of the judiciary make such a statement in public.

Te'o added the judiciary ought to remain neutral - since the court would have to deal with cases stemming from the committee's investigations.

Te'o had urged that the Senate convey its concern to the Judicial branch.