Kilili: FBI probe ‘sad and embarrassing’

Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (file photo)
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CNMI Congressman Gregorio Kilili Sablan was back on Saipan Monday for Veterans Day celebrations in the commonwealth.

Following the ceremony, on his way back to Washington D.C., he spoke to PNC’s Kevin Kerrigan about last week’s FBI raids on offices connected to the Imperial Palace casino and the CNMI governor’s office.

Sablan expressed regret that the FBI has targeted CNMI Governor Ralph Torres.

“It’s sad and it’s embarrassing that there would be search warrants issued in an investigation for the governor,” Sablan said.

The FBI raids on the governor’s office and other offices connected to the Imperial Palace casino may have been sad and embarrassing but Congressman Sablan emphasized that under the U.S. system of justice everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty. He declined to speculate on the object of the investigation.

“There are so many rumors in Saipan right now. But we can’t rely on rumors. We have to stick to the fact and we’ll let the investigation go where they lead,” the congressman said.

Sablan continues to encourage everyone, including governor Torres, to cooperate with the investigation.

“It is unfortunate and very serious when an investigation is being executed for corruption cases at any level but more particularly if it is the highest office of our commonwealth,” he said.