• DFA, DOJ to meet with Indon officials on Veloso

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    Officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) will be meeting with Indonesian officials to discuss developments in cases filed in the Philippines against recruiters of Mary Jane Veloso.

    The DFA and DOJ officials are set to meet with authorities from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Law and Human Rights and the Attorney General’s Office on July 29.

    They will also discuss the assistance available under the Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Among Like-Minded Association of Southeast Asian Nations member-countries (Asean MLAT).

    “This is part of the DFA’s continuous commitment to provide assistance to Mary Jane Veloso,” the department said in a statement.

    Veloso was supposed to be executed on April 28 this year but was given a last-minute temporary reprieve by Indonesian President Joko Widodo after Manila reiterated its need for Veloso to testify against an illegal recruitment syndicate in the Philippines.

    Veloso was handed down the death sentence in 2010 after she was caught carrying 2.6 kilograms of heroin from Malaysia to Indonesia in the same year.

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