- Published on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 02:09
- Written by By Emmanuel T. Erediano - Reporter
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REPRESENTATIVE Francisco S. Dela Cruz on Monday pre-filed a joint resolution asking Gov. Benigno R. Fitial and the Office of the Attorney General to extradite former Attorney General Edward T. Buckingham, who is now in the states.Dela Cruz’s House Joint Resolution 17-43 cites the criminal charges that the Office of Public Auditor filed against Buckingham before the then-AG was escorted by Department of Public Safety Deputy Commissioner Ambrosio T. Ogumoro and Fitial’s security aide, Jermaine Nekaifes, and other police officers as he hastily left the island on Aug. 4.
The charges against Buckingham include three counts of misconduct in public office, one count of violation of CNMI election law, one count of violating CNMI ethics law and one count of obstruction of justice.
Dela Cruz said Buckingham’s actions “threaten the future of the NMI and the safety and security of its people.”
He noted that Superior Court acting Presiding Judge David Wiseman issued a bench warrant against Buckingham for the former AG’s failure to appear in court. A $50,000 bail was set for his temporary liberty.
With help from his police escort, Buckingham tried to avoid the penal summons that OPA was attempting to serve him with at his Aquarius Beach Tower Hotel residence and, later, at the Francisco Ada/Saipan International Airport.
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