Zaji O. Zajradhara charged with disturbing the peace

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THE Office of the Attorney General on Wednesday last week charged Zaji O. Zajradhara, 57, with one count of disturbing the peace.

Zajradhara was arrested  on May 25, 2020 after a woman told police that he hit her head with a towel “causing her to feel pain and dizziness because she felt Zaji’s fist hit her on the left side of her forehead,” police said in an affidavit filed in Superior Court on May 26, 2020.

Zaji O. Zajradhara

Police also said that Zajradhara told the responding officer that he, the defendant, “accidentally hit his wife with a towel.”

Police told the court that there was probable cause to support the charges of disturbing the peace, assault, assault and battery, and domestic violence.

Bail was set at $5,000 unsecured or appearance bond.

On June 3, 2020, the AG’s office filed one charge only against Zajradhara: disturbing the peace.

According to the information filed by Assistant Attorney General Erin Toolan in court, Zajradhara “did unlawfully and willfully commit an act, which unreasonably annoyed or disturbed the peace of [the victim], depriving her of her right to peace and quiet, or which provokes a breach of peace, to wit: by hitting her with a towel or his hand, in violation of 6 CMC§ 3101(a), made punishable by 6 CMC§ 3101(b) and 4101 (d).”

Disturbing the peace is punishable by up to six months’ imprisonment and a fine of $500.

Assistant Public Defender Vina Seelam represents Zajradhara who was ordered to return to court on June 15, 2020 at 9 a.m. before Presiding Judge Robert C. Naraja.

The complaint and affidavit of probable cause filed by the police in court stated that prior to the incident, which occurred at an apartment in Chinatown, the victim heard Zajradhara telling a friend on the phone that the victim “was lazy, has no job and no money.”

Police said the victim “started getting mad at Zaji telling him to stop.” She “went to her bedroom [with] their two kids and Zaji followed…her, saying that [he was] going to take their oldest daughter with him to a friend’s house, but [the victim] refused, saying that she and the kids will be sleeping over at her mom’s house in Susupe.”

She said “Zaji got mad and grabbed a towel with his right hand and swung it [at] her head and struck her by her left forehead causing her to feel pain and dizziness because she felt Zaji’s fist hit her on the left side of her forehead.”

Police said during the interview, the victim was “carrying her baby and crying and complaining of pain on her forehead [caused by] Zaji.”

In March 2019, Rep. Janet U. Maratita and five other lawmakers introduced House Resolution 21-5 “to declare Zaji O. Zajradhara, formerly known as Steven Carl Farmer, a persona non-grata in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.”

According to the resolution, the Legislature is “cognizant of the malicious and ill-mannered actions of Zaji O. Zajradhara…in his filings of numerous labor claims against various businesses in the CNMI….”

The resolution stated that Zajradhara “has also expressed a violent and threatening nature to such businesses…and to the employees of the Department of Labor….”

The resolution added that Zajradhara was convicted in Wisconsin of receiving/concealing stolen property in 1995 and fifth degree domestic assault in 1997, and was deported from Japan for violating Article 24, Item 4(b) of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act of Japan.



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