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Posted on: Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Northern Mariana Islands governor subpoenaed


Associated Press

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands ó Federal prosecutors in the Northern Mariana Islands say the governor of the U.S. commonwealth needs to answer questions about letting a federal detainee out of prison to give him a massage.

Gov. Benigno Fitial has been subpoenaed to appear at a Feb. 17 U.S. District Court hearing to answer questions under oath. The attorney generalís office of the U.S. commonwealth wants the hearing canceled.
U.S. Attorney Eric OíMalley said Tuesday that prosecutors will file a motion this week, arguing the hearing is necessary.
The detainee was Fitialís masseuse, who is facing charges in a human smuggling case.
Fitial has said he had the woman released and brought to the governorís residence Jan. 8 to relieve persistent back pain.