Tuesday, March 20, 2001

Judge puts
restrictions on
Ige’s travel plans

He must provide a detailed
itinerary and instructions
on how to reach him

By Debra Barayuga

Former Sen. Marshall Ige won't be allowed to leave the state for business purposes until he provides detailed information on where he's going and for what, Circuit Judge Sandra Simms ruled yesterday.

But she said Ige could renew his request in the future provided he gives details on where he's going, where he's staying and how he can be reached.

Ige is awaiting trial on theft and money laundering charges.

Ige was seeking permission to leave Hawaii at various times to conduct business abroad so he can continue to support his family. He had tentatively planned a trip from tomorrow to Friday.

Deputy Attorney General Kurt Spohn had opposed Ige's request and asked for more information on what kind of business Ige is in, who he works for, who's paying for the trip and what he will be doing.

Spohn said he had initially requested Ige be released on his own recognizance because he did not consider Ige a flight risk.

"I have no problems him being released on his own recognizance on the same conditions as any other person, as long as he stays in Hawaii. But if he leaves, he's got to give more specifics."

Deputy public defender Ed Harada had noted in court documents that Ige will abide by the terms of his release, which requires that he not commit any crimes and that he appear for all court hearings unless otherwise notified.

Harada noted that Ige has appeared at all court hearings and remains in constant contact with his attorneys. In addition, Ige is a lifelong Hawaii resident and his wife and daughter live here.

Spohn said Ige apparently left Hawaii without the court's permission shortly after his arrest on Jan. 17.

When told a warrant would be issued for his arrest if he didn't show up for his Feb. 16 preliminary hearing, Ige cut his trip short.

Besides the current charges, Ige also awaits sentencing April 24 on misdemeanor campaign spending violations.

Ige is seeking a deferral of his no-contest plea, which would allow him to wipe his record clean if he abides by court conditions.

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