CUC, OAG object to judge’s site visit



The Commonwealth Utilities Corp. and the CNMI government are objecting to a landowner’s motion for a judge to visit the land that is involved in their legal dispute.

Conrad M. Sablan, through counsel Brien Sers Nicholas, has asked Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho to make a site visit in Rafugao.

Sablan is suing CUC and the CNMI government for allegedly putting up a water tank and fences on his land without compensating him.

He said he found out in 2013 that CUC had built the water tank, referred to as the Maui IV Water Tank, on his property. The tank was built in March 1992.

Sablan further discovered that CUC also built wire fences that prevent him from being able to access his other property in the area.

CUC and the government objected, arguing that it is uncertain what property or whether any property is relevant to the case.

Office of the Attorney General Civil Division chief Christopher M. Timmons said that, unless and until Sablan has laid a foundation at trial to support a site visit to these or to any other parcels of land, the Commonwealth objects to a site visit on the grounds of relevance and lack of foundation.

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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