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Samoa

Constitution as adopted on 1 January 1962.

Article 9

    (4) Every person charged with an offence has the following minimum rights.
      (a) To be informed promptly, in a language which he understands and in detail, of the nature and cause of the accusation against him;
      (e) To have the free assistance of an interpreter, if any doubt exists as to whether he can understand or speak the language used in court.

Article 15

    (2) Except as expressly authorised under the provisions of this Constitution, no law and no executive or administrative action of the State shall, either expressly or in its practical application, subject any person or persons to any disability or restriction or confer on any person or persons any privilege, or advantage on grounds only of descent, sex language, religion, political or other opinion, social origin place of birth, family status, or any of them.

     

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