AMERICAN SAMOA GOVERNOR TAUESE WAIVES IMMIGRATION FINE ON SAMOAN SHIPPING

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (December 5, 2001 - Radio Australia)---American Samoa’s Governor Tauese Sunia has waived a fine imposed on the Samoa Shipping Corporation for bringing in passengers on invalid three-day visas.

An official who was acting as attorney general suspended the visas of passengers on the ferry Lady Naomi and then fined the shipping company 42 thousand dollars U.S. when it brought the passengers ashore.

The company had defended its actions by arguing the notification had arrived late and passengers using the suspended permits were already booked to come that day.

The Samoan government supported the shipping corporation, saying the acting attorney general was young and there were laws that required common sense in their application.

In lieu of the fine, American Samoa asked for, and was granted, a piece of land in Samoa.

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