21 Jun 2013

New arrest warrant issued for former CNMI governor

1:32 pm on 21 June 2013

The Superior Court of the Northern Marianas has re-issued an arrest warrant for a former governor, Benigno Fitial, who left the CNMI after resigning in February.

This comes after the Office of the Public Auditor's legal counsel renewed a request last Monday so that the prosecution of the case against Mr Fitial can proceed.

He says there has been no communication from either Mr Fitial or anyone acting on his behalf regarding any plans to return to the CNMI to answer the criminal charges filed against him.

Mr Fitial is facing seven criminal charges for his role in an alleged conspiracy to shield a former attorney general, Edward Buckingham, from being served a penal summons last August.

It was reported last month that Mr Fitial was recuperating from gall bladder surgery in the Philippines.