Minister of Justice issues statement

The Minister of Justice and Courts Administration, Faaolesa Katopau Ainuu, yesterday issued the following statement in response to the quashed warrant of arrest that had been issued against him in American Samoa. The statement is published verbatim:

“I can confirm that the District Court of American Samoa has approved the motion to quash a warrant of arrest that had been issued in my name earlier this year.  

It has always been my intention to await the decision from American Samoa's court, before making any official comment.  

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As a lawyer, I am well aware of the pitfalls of commenting on any case which is before the courts and in respect for judicial processes, I have not entertained the numerous attempts by the media to bait me. 

It is a pity that this issue only surfaced against me after my successful election campaign for Parliament, but I am pleased that the territory's District Court have made their assessments, cleared the charges and quashed the warrant of arrest. 

As this case has now been dismissed and my name has been cleared, I trust the media and other interested parties will now have more time to provide news coverage on other issues of national importance, and I can focus on my Ministerial duties.”

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