November 11, 2009 12:32 AM Subscribe
posted by sycophant (66 comments total)
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Samoan government Minister Hans Joachim "Joe" Keil is suing US immigration agents and the State Department
In September 2008, while visiting relatives in Branson, Missouri Keil was arrested for being an illegal alien in what appeared to be a fairly well planned operation. He was charged with falsely representing himself to be a US citizen, and falsely using a US passport.
Keil, a US Air Force veteran, has held a US Passport since 1967, which had been renewed seven times.
After the his initial 8-days of imprisonment Joe detailed his experiences
and bail conditions prevented Keil from returning
to Samoa while the case was before the court.
There was a very strong response in Samoa, with hundreds marching on the US embassy
, many more signing a petition
in support of Keil. The event also caused concern for others holding dual-citizenship
betwen the US and Samoa.
In December 2008 all the charges against keil were dropped
and his US Citizenship reinstated. None of the agencies involved have made any statements about the initial prosecution or the lawsuit.