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Friday, April 25, 2014

Inos signs new Buckingham extradition letter

Gov. Eloy S. Inos signed Friday afternoon a letter requesting Colorado Gov. John W. Hickenlooper to place former attorney general and now fugitive from justice Edward Buckingham in the U.S. Marshals Service custody, to be extradited to the CNMI.

Inos signed the extradition letter a few hours after Buckingham appeared before Colorado County Court Judge K.J. Moore, who advised him of his rights and why he was being held.

Buckingham posted a $25,000 bond. His next hearing is set for June 10.

This is the second Buckingham extradition request letter that Inos signed since he became governor. The first one was signed on Feb. 27, addressed to Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. At the time, Buckingham was believed to be in Iowa.

The governor said Buckingham fled from justice of the CNMI and has taken refuge and is now to be found in Colorado.

The CNMI Office of the Public Auditor filed seven criminal charges against Buckingham, including alleged violation of election laws, award of sole-source contracts and obstruction of justice.

More details on Monday’s paper.

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