21 Feb 2014

Calls for former CNMI governor to be extradited for trial

4:43 pm on 21 February 2014

There is a growing clamour for the government of the Northern Marianas to recall the former governor, Benigno Fitial, to face criminal charges.

The vice-speaker of the House, Frank Dela Cruz, is expected to pre-file a joint resolution next week, to be co-authored by other members, urging the Governor Eloy Inos to begin the process of extraditing the former governor.

Mr Dela Cruz revealed the plan to craft a joint resolution on the one-year anniversary of Mr Fitial's resignation, on February the 20th, just days before the start of his impeachment trial in the Senate for corruption, felony, and neglect of duty.

The acting governor, Jude Hofschneider, says he shares the community's sentiment of putting closure on the matter but declined to comment further.

Mr Fitial, who is facing criminal charges for his role in an alleged conspiracy to shield the convicted former attorney general Edward Buckingham from being served a penal summons in August 2012, is believed to be living in the Philippines.