• 8-man DOJ team in Indonesia for Veloso case

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    The eight-member team sent by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to meet with Indonesian officials on the case of Filipina death convict Mary Jane Veloso is now in Jakarta.

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    Veloso was supposed to be executed for drug trafficking in Indonesia on April 29, but was granted a temporary reprieve following the surrender and subsequent arrest of her alleged recruiters Maria Christina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao.
    The DOJ team is set to meet with the officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Law and Human Rights and the Attorney General’s Office of Indonesia.
    They will update the Indonesian officials about the developments in the cases filed by Veloso against her illegal recruiters and a suspected member of the West African Drug Syndicate (WADS), who ordered her to hand carry a travelling bag with concealed illegal drugs.
    The illegal drugs were seized from Veloso and she was sentenced to be executed by firing squad in Indonesia.
    The Philippine and Indonesian officials will also discuss the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT), talk with Veloso and gather additional statement from her to strengthen the cases of qualified trafficking, illegal recruitment and estafa against her recruiters.
    Members of the DOJ team come from the National Prosecution Service (NPS), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Office of the State Counsel. 

    PNA

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