March 11, 2014
Friday, through his newly hired attorney, Stephen Nutting, Fitial broke the silence he has maintained for over a year while hiding in the Philippines.
The ex-governor fled the CNMI in disgrace to avoid facing criminal charges. The charges against Fitial are: conspiracy to commit theft of services; conspiracy to obstruct justice by interference with service of process; conspiracy to obstruct justice by interference with a law enforcement officer or a witness; theft of services; misconduct in public office; obstructing justice by interference with a law enforcement officer or witness; and obstructing justice by interference with service of process related to the conspiracy to block service of a judicial summons to ex-Attorney General Edward Buckingham.
Now he wants the Superior Court to "quash the warrant of arrest against him" so he can make a voluntary appearance in court to face charges.
The fugitive claims that he was so overwhelmed with his illnesses and family tragedies that he could not communicate with any authorities in the CNMI for over a year. (Just like he was overwhelmed with back pain so he had to have a masseuse released from federal custody to give him a massage?) I guess his wife could not communicate on his behalf either? Who in their right mind believes any of his jive?
It looks like Fitial saw Buckingham's slap on the hand and figured why not return for his slap. But unlike Buckingham, he'd stay in the CNMI to reap more destruction.
In a declaration filed in Superior Court on Friday, Fitial stated:
“I have no desire to become a fugitive; forever unable to see the family and friends I have acquired throughout my lifetime.”Through a chain of self-serving corrupt acts, Fitial inflicted immense damage on the CNMI and its citizens. His desires and wishes should not be a consideration.
The timing of his declaration comes on the heels of the statement by Governor Inos that he would extradite Fitial "if the Office of the Attorney General recommended pursing his return". The House passed a resolution calling for his extradition earlier this month.
May he receive the justice he deserves.