Napoles indicted in US for money laundering, extradition looms

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra confirmed on Wedneasay that alleged pork barrel mastermind Janet Lim Napoles and five others – her children Jo Christine, James Christopher and Jeane Catherine; her brother Reynaldo and his wife Ana Marie – were indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiracy to commit money laundering, domestic money laundering and international money laundering.

“We have been collaborating with the US Department of Justice on this money laundering charges against Napoles… We welcome this development, as it paves the way for the return of the people’s money to our national treasury,” he revealed to reporters.

With this, Guevarra said he expects the US justice department to move for their extradition to the US to stand trial there.

“But until the case against Napoles in the Philippines have been resolved and terminated, we cannot extradite her to the US,” he explained.

Napoles, currently detained at the Camp Bagong Diwa detention center in Taguig City, is standing trial for plunder, graft and other cases before the Sandiganbayan.

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