Court denies Napoles appeal on bail petition


Posted at Feb 12 2014 02:58 PM | Updated as of Feb 12 2014 10:58 PM

MANILA – The Makati City Regional Trial Court has denied the motion for reconsideration of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles on her petition for bail, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said.

De Lima said that although she has not yet received a copy of the decision, she received information from the local court that the motion was dismissed.

Napoles, allegedly the mastermind of the P10 billion pork barrel scam involving some lawmakers, is currently detained at Fort Sto. Domingo in Laguna for a separate case of illegal detention filed by her former aide, Benhur Luy.

Luy claimed he was abducted and detained from December 2012 to March 2013 to prevent him from revealing to authorities knowledge of Napoles' multi-billion peso scam.

In a 15-page order earlier issued by Presiding Judge Elmo Alameda, the Makati RTC Branch 150 ruled that the Department of Justice (DOJ) was able to present strong evidence to establish probable cause against Napoles. Thus, Napoles' petition for bail was denied.

"The evidence adduced by the prosecution is strong which leads this court to conclude that the offense of serious illegal detention, as charged, has been committed by Janet Lim Napoles," the ruling read.

The trial court also held that the DOJ was able to establish conspiracy between Napoles and her co-accused, Reynaldo "Jojo" Lim, her brother. – reports from Alex Calda, dzMM; and Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News