AMERICAN SAMOA IMMIGRATION OFFICER SUSPENDED

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By Tauva Esera

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa, (Samoa News, Aug. 7) - An Immigration
officer has been suspended for allegedly producing and issuing fake immigration
identification cards to a group of Chinese in early June of this year.

Reliable sources said there was another official who is
suspected to have been involved but is still employed.

Attorney General, Muagututi'a Fiti Sunia, who also heads the
Department of Legal Affairs, in which the Immigration Office is a part of, was
quoted by KHJ Radio news as saying that he was not aware of this problem.

Chairman of the Immigration Board, Leroy Lutu, when contacted by
Samoa News yesterday morning, also said he was not aware of this matter.

A ranking Immigration official, who was contacted by the
Immigration Board Chairman, denied there is such a problem within their office.

He told Samoa News this problem would be within the scope of the
immigration office and they would not share it with them [referring to the
board.]

Samoa News made several attempts to contact the Immigration
Chief Officer, Ufuti Ieremia for further clarification on the matter. We were
not successful.

August 13, 2003

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