Jailed masseuse brought to governor's residenceIn the tiny universe that is Saipan, this is generating more conversation than even Tiger Woods. The blogs are all over it. Saipan Writer, KAP, and Wendy posted yesterday. Wendy also updated today.
The Associated Press
Thursday, January 14, 2010; 4:07 PM
SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands -- The governor of the Northern Mariana Islands has admitted ordering the temporary release from jail of his masseuse to relieve persistent back pain.
Gov. Benigno Fitial said Thursday he didn't realize the woman was being held on federal charges in a human smuggling case when he tried to reach her.
Fitial says he asked commonwealth Corrections Commissioner Dolores Aldan to have the 28-year-old woman brought to the governor's residence on Jan. 8. Fitial tried unsuccessfully to reach federal and commonwealth attorneys beforehand.
The governor and Aldan say she, three corrections officers and his wife were present during the massage therapy session.
The masseuse was returned to jail the same day.
A federal judge ordered a hearing into the woman's release.
The Marianas Variety broke this story yesterday. Today they followed up with a story on how the US Attorney said this was done under the order of the governor and how the governor is avoiding the media. The Saipan Tribune's two stories report on how the governor did this because he had back pain and that the federal court has ordered a hearing.
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