February 4, 2014
Benigno Fitial the disgraced ex-governor and Edward Buckingham, the disgraced ex-Attorney General signed the secret backdoor deal on August 3, 2012.
Judge Wiseman said that the deal was "void ab initio" or invalid from the onset.
Rep. Janet Maratita and Senator Ray Yumul filed a taxpayers' lawsuit to fight the power plant agreement. The lawmakers expressed pleasure with the court's ruling with Maratita calling it a "victory for the people of the CNMI."
Both Buckingham and Fitial face charges in connection with the shady deal. Buckingham's trial is scheduled for next week.
However, impeached ex-Governor Benigno Fitial fled the CNMI and is reportedly hiding out in plain sight in Makati, Philippines.
Will Fitial be extradited to the CNMI or live out his life as a cowardly, fugitive in the Philippines?