FBI raids Honolulu prose­cut­ing at­tor­ney’s of­fice

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HONOLULU (AP) — An FBI raid on the Honolulu prose­cut­ing at­tor­ney’s of­fice is the lat­est ac­tion in a grow­ing cor­rup­tion scan­dal in­volv­ing the chief of po­lice and his pros­e­cu­tor wife.

FBI agents served a search war­rant at the down­town Honolulu of­fice Fri­day morn­ing, Prose­cut­ing At­tor­ney Keith Kaneshiro said in a state­ment. The of­fice co­op­er­ated with agents and pro­vided the in­for­ma­tion re­quested in the war­rant, he said.

The raid comes as a fed­eral grand jury is look­ing into cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions in the Honolulu Po­lice Depart­ment.

Chief Louis Kealoha went on paid leave last month af­ter re­ceiv­ing no­tice that he’s the in­ves­ti­ga­tion’s tar­get. Last week, he agreed to re­tire and de­tails of his re­tire­ment agree­ment are be­ing worked out.

A fed­eral judge would have had to agree there was prob­a­ble cause for a search war­rant and the raid is a sign the FBI thinks there’s crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity in the pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice, said Alexan­der Sil­vert, a fed­eral pub­lic de­fender who went to the FBI with al­le­ga­tions of civil rights abuses and cor­rup­tion at the po­lice depart­ment.

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