CA junks Lee’s habeas petition

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THE Court of Appeals (CA) on Thursday junked the petition for a writ of habeas corpus filed by Globe Asiatique (GA) President Delfin Lee.

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In an eight-page resolution, the CA Special First Division ruled that Lee’s arrest and detention is legal.

The CA anchored its decision on the temporary restraining order issued by the Supreme Court on Wednesday, which halted the division’s ruling quashing the arrest warrant issued by a lower court against Lee.

The appeals court said Lee could no longer “invoke this Court’s ruling on account of the specific injunction issued by the Supreme Court, and thus, the second Alias Warrant of Arrest that was executed against petitioner has maintained its efficacy.”

Lee claimed his arrest was illegal because the CA has quashed the warrant for his arrest.

The property developer, his son Dexter and several other GA officials were charged with syndicated estafa, a non-bailable offense.

Lee, his son Dexter and four others were accused of using “ghost” borrowers to obtain P6.6-billion loan from the Pag-Ibig Fund.

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