MANILA (Mabuhay) — Businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles may be brought out of jail to attend hearings at the Sandiganbayan on the P10-billion pork barrel fund case.
In a special en banc session Friday, the Supreme Court court granted the request of Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotage-Tang for Napoles to be brought to the anti-graft court “as may be necessary and upon appropriate process issued, for hearings on her application for bail in various cases pending before the SB where Napoles is charged with plunder.”
The high court said it granted Tang’s request after “finding the reasons to be well-taken.”
Napoles, the alleged brains behind the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam, was convicted for serious illegal detention last week. She has since been detained at the Women’s Correctional.
However, she still faces multiple plunder and graft charges at the Sandiganbayan in connection with the pork barrel scam. Napoles has to be physically present at the hearings.
Rules of court state that any hearings for a convicted person should be conducted in the prisoner’s place of detention.
In her letter, Tang reasoned that logistics and security will be difficult to plan and execute if the court were to hold trial at the Women’s Correctional.(MNS)