CNMI court accepts former governor's plea deal

5:30 pm on 13 May 2015

The Superior Court in the Northern Marianas has accepted a plea deal between the territory's government and the former governor, Benigno Fitial.

Fitial appeared in court via teleconference from the Philippines, where he entered guilty pleas to two charges -- misconduct in public office and conspiracy to commit theft of services.

The plea was accepted by the Superior Court Judge, David Wiseman, who ordered Fitial to appear on Saipan for his sentencing on the 17th of June.

The 69-year-old stood down as governor in 2013 ahead of a Senate trial after he was impeached by the territory's legislature.