Pasimpleng galawan! Sandiganbayan allows Jinggoy, Napoles to seek dismissal of plunder raps

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Former senator Jinggoy Estrada and his co-accused, plunder convict Janet Lim Napoles, has been allowed by the Sandiganbayan 5th Division to challenge the evidence presented by the prosecution during the plunder trial concerning their alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.

The anti-graft court has issued a resolution which granted their respective motions seeking leave to file a demurrer to evidence which would seek the dismissal of the plunder case by challenging the evidence presented.

“After a meticulous examination of the totality of the evidence presented by the prosecution, both testimonial and documentary, the Court resolves to grant the present motion of the accused, to sufficiently provide him an opportunity to challenge the sufficiency of the prosecution’s evidence establishing the material elements of the offense charged to support a judgment of guilt,” read the court’s ruling..

Estrada is facing plunder as well as 11 counts of graft before the Sandiganbayan in connection with the pork barrel scam.

Under the charges, Estrada is accused of having received from 2004 to 2012 kickbacks amounting to P183.793 million from convicted plunderer Janet Lim Napoles by coursing his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) through bogus non-government organizations.

Meanwhile, Napoles has already been convicted of plunder by the Sandiganbayan 1st Division in the case she charged with former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. who got acquitted.

She is currently serving a prison term at the Correctional Institute for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong City.