Alleged victim in case of Fiu Saelua says she’s prepared to testify

The alleged victim in the sexual assault case involving Fiu Johnny Saelua says she has never been contacted by the Independent Prosecutor to testify in the matter.

The woman told KHJ News that the only people she has been talking to were the two investigators Pierre Clemens and Henry Satele , and it was last Tuesday that Satele visited their home.  He wanted to verify that her mother was on island.

The woman who contacted KHJ News via victim’s advocate Mrs Ipu Lefiti said she was concerned upon learning that the prosecution did not offer any witnesses in the preliminary examination for Fiu and as a result the felony charge against him was dismissed.

She was also worried that the initial cause of the problems between her and the defendant and his family, which was when immigration officers came to their house and took her and husband with the intention of sending them to Apia, is not being addressed in the court case.

According to the woman, immigration agents came to their house in 2016 and took her and her husband to the inter island dock.

She remembers her four year old child crying and calling for her as they were driving off.

According to the woman, one of the agents kept getting calls from someone he referred to as “chief.”

She recalled that when they got to the dock the cargo for the Lady Naomi had already been loaded and they were calling the passengers.

She is thankful to the immigration agent who stopped them from leaving, because of the lack of documents, otherwise they would not be able to re-enter the territory and wonder what would happen to their two children.

The 33 year old woman said her immigration sponsor was Fiu’s sister and as far as she is concerned she was well treated by her sponsor.

She said she and her husband have apologized to Fiu and his family and she would have forgotten about all the bad things the defendant did to her, if they hadn’t tried to force them off the island.

The woman said she‘s not afraid to testify about the truth even though she knows she will not be an equal match for a leading matai and someone who holds a high position in the government.

But she is prepared to testify and tell the truth.


8 Comments

  1. SMH

    WTH? The main witness was never asked to testify? What? Something seems very fishy here. The ol’ “we couldn’t find her” routine, eh? SMH!

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  2. ONLY IN AMERICAN SAMOA!

    Las Vegas says “What Happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” New York is “so nice they named it twice”
    American Samoa “Only in American Samoa”. Only in American Samoa does Lady Justice have x-ray vision to see through her blindfold & a scale that is biased towards individuals with power & connections. This case is an example of a flagrant abuse of power. An independent prosecutor that is not truly independent of outside influences.
    If only there were some way to get Federal jurisdiction over this case. It’s taken Federal intervention to stop the unlawful building of the new Fono building & bring attention to the misuse of ASG vehicles. Yes the old Fono Building was a little small but it was in use & functioning. A lot of money & aggravation could have been saved if our leaders simply learned to live within our means. The ASG administration says we don’t have the tax base of the smallest state. That also means that our population is small enough that we should be able to survive on very limited means. Does ASG really need so many vehicles that just add to our festering traffic problem?
    American Samoa the mid-term elections are only a few weeks ahead. Please exercise your right to vote by voting in a legislature that is willing & capable of exercising their constitutionally guaranteed right to check the power of the executive branch. Or are you going to vote again for a bunch of puppets for the current administration? The House of Representatives save for a few brave voices have already given permission to mortgage our retirement fund into oblivion. Please use your secret ballot to vote without fear of retribution.

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    1. louatunuumoni

      Couldn’t agree more with your comments. VOTE WISELY MY DEAR VOTERS OF AMERICAN SAMOA. We need to take control of our government or they will run our future right off the cliff. Palota mo so tatou lumana’i manuia. Filifili ma le totoa i le tagata e tatau ma agavaa mo le tofi.

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  3. Teinematu

    I cannot believe that the judge and court went along with this BS If I were the victim fight fight to have her case prosecuted and justice be served.This Governor and his puppets need to go and something has to be done about this corruption.God sees you through and help you get the help needed to bring this crooks to justice. Ipu Lefiti is the good person to help you fight your case.

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  4. JUSTICE!!!

    come on talanei and samoanews, i am pretty sure you guys have something up your sleeve to really bring this out and get justice…….if what she says is true, let him pay for his crime!……..FIU as of right now is all comfy believing that he has gotten away with his crime….please let justice prevail!

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  5. frustrated

    This is just WRONG, Fiu does have his right to defend himself, but so does the victim ?? C’MON Am. Samoa, this is the kind of corrupt government tactics that we will continue to receive unless we stop voting for them. Granted this administration con everyone, platform PEOPLE FIRST,only to deliver them first and the people last or better yet were not even an equation in this Lolo Lemanu administration….we need change!!!

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  6. Junk Yard Dog

    Open the gate, let the dogs out.
    Every independent thinking person, breathing the corrupt air on this island should get behind this injustice.
    Independent Prosecutor, what a joke! There is NO independence on this island. What about the Speakers case? He has his entire family and many in His Village on the FONO payroll. Go read the Budget. Who gets to question the Senate and House Budgets? No one! The Emperor is in bed with the President of the Senate. Watch whose name pops up on the ballot in 2020.
    Our Emperor, if He was a true leader, would call town meetings Himself once in a while . But the Emperor can’t, unless He has a speech writer behind the curtain.
    Last word
    Unfortunately if an independent prosecutor was brought in to try cases like this from off island, who could He trust as his investigator? The current IP has no local “deep state”, family ties. With no good independent investigator how can any attorney prosecute the Big Fish on this island?
    Let the dogs out!

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  7. Guest on Guest

    Oh you mean them cut -n- paste speeches and letters?? LOL. Yeah, and up in there Fono, for realz…”Itza Big Family Affair” all around Senate side, House side and constituency on the flip side outta some of them Districts, ya know…scratch mines, I’ll valuvalu yours, yep. Ain’t no more honesty and integrity anywhere these days but a lotta luvin’ da famaree. Get out and vote People, IT’S time!… and…VOTE “NO” on CON AM (Veto Override)!!

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