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US court dismisses racketeering lawsuit

DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has dismissed the racketeering lawsuit filed by businessman II Hwan Kim and his company, KSA Corp.

Kim failed to appear at the show-cause hearing. He was earlier ordered to explain why the court should not dismiss the lawsuit against the remaining defendant, Jeong Eun Taek, for failure to prosecute.

According to the hearing minutes, Judge Manglona on Thursday stated that Kim and KSA were notified of the hearing, yet they did not appear nor did they show diligence in pursuing the lawsuit.

Taek appeared with an interpreter.

Manglona asked Taek if he had heard from Kim and KSA since the last hearing on Jan. 24.

Taek said he had not heard from Kim.

Judge Manglona said she will issue a written order dismissing the case.

KSA Corp. and Kim sued several defendants, alleging RICO violations, common law fraud, aiding and abetting fraud.

The lawsuit stated that the defendants conspired to steal millions of dollars through wire fraud, mail fraud, forgery, theft and extortion for eight years from 2006 through 2014 in relation to KSA’s attempts to develop a casino resort on public land on Saipan.

The court previously dismissed with prejudice the claims against a former lawmaker and a Department of Public Land employee.