Yes, a witness can certainly be subpoenaed to testify in an unlawful detainer trial. A party cannot instruct a witness to avoid the subpoena. That might constitute obstruction of justice.
The real question is whether the witness would be able to offer any pertinent information with regard to the unlawful detainer trial. Is the issue non-payment of rent, or breach of a lease covenant, or uninhabitability?
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