7 Dec 2007

Three Samoan citizens deported from American Samoa

11:30 am on 7 December 2007

Three more Samoan citizens have been ordered to be deported from American Samoa instead of serving a jail term, for misdemeanor crimes committed in the territory.

The three agreed to leave the territory voluntarily after charges of public peace disturbance against them were dismissed.

District Court Judge Pro Temp, Elvis Patea, issued an order that they be deported on yesterday's sailing of the MV Lady Naomi.

The defendants are not to return to the territory for a one-year period and if they do, the government will reinstate the charges.

The judge has ordered the Immigration Office to appear in court today to provide proof that the defendants have in fact left the territory.