Assistant public defender missing


Jamal A. Saleh

Assistant public defender Jamal A. Saleh has been reported missing since Tuesday morning from his residence in Chalan Santa Lourdes, Asteo.

Department of Public Safety acting spokesman Lt. Jason Tarkong described Saleh as 49, an Arab/native Indian, about 200 lbs, and has long gray hair.

Tarkong said that on Tuesday at 11:36am, police responded to a complaint about a missing person in Asteo.

Tarkong said police learned from a witness that her friend, Saleh, is missing.

At 1:30am that same day, Tuesday, Saleh apparently could not sleep and went for a walk.

Since then, the witness texted the lawyer, but there was no reply.

Tarkong said Saleh has not returned home and has not reported to work at the Office of the Public Defender.

Tarkong urged anyone who has information about Saleh’s whereabouts to call DPS at 664-9000/9001.

Saleh was admitted to practice law in the CNMI courts as an assistant public defender on June 2, 2017.

Saipan Tribune learned that he came to Saipan this year from the U.S. mainland together with assistant public defender Shoshanah Epstein.

Saleh filled the position of assistant public defender Michael Sato, while Epstein filled the position of assistant public defender Tillman Clark.

Saleh previously worked as a lawyer in the Federated States of Micronesia and other U.S. jurisdictions.

A fellow attorney said yesterday that Saleh is genuine, kind, and caring.

“He’s a good lawyer and a good person,” said the lawyer, who requested not be identified.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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