Convicted plunderer Napoles fears ‘threat to life’ in Correctional Institute for Women

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Accused pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles has appealed the Sandiganbayan’s December 7 order for her transfer to the Correctional Institute for Women (CIW), citing “security purposes and humanitarian reasons.”

In a 3-page motion, Napoles asked the court’s 1st Division to let her stay for now in the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City, while she appeals her conviction for plunder.

Without elaborating, Napoles claimed to face “grave threats to her life and security,” citing supposed risks during her previous incarceration in the CIW from April 2015 to May 2017.

To recall, Napoles served time in the CIW after the Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) found her guilty of serious illegal detention for keeping finance officer Benhur Luy to prevent him from spilling the beans on the P10-billion scheme.

The Court of Appeals (CA) reversed her conviction upon the wishes of the Duterte administration, paving the way for her May 2017 return to Camp Bagong Diwa, where she was earlier detained from July 2014 to April 2015.

Napoles also argued that her plunder conviction had not attained finality yet since she would still appeal it.

She was found guilty of giving at least P124.5 million in kickbacks to legislative officer Richard Cambe out of the proceeds of former Senator Bong Revilla’s Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allocations. However, Revilla was acquitted and set free due to lack of proof that the kickbacks went to his pockets too.

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