Interpol to help in Napoles manhunt

August 22, 2013 10:57 pm

THE Department of Justice (DOJ) has enlisted the help of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) in arresting Janet Lim Napoles, who has eluded a massive manhunt ordered by Secretary Leila de Lima.

Napoles disappeared after the Makati Regional Trial Court issued a warrant for her and her brother Reynald Lim in a complaint involving the alleged detention of Benhur Luy, who had pointed to Napoles as the mastermind in the pork barrel scandal.

De Lima said the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) wants to include Napoles in Interpol’s Red Notice List.

The businesswoman reportedly raked in millions of pesos from several lawmakers who released part of their pork barrel to fake non-government organizations she put up.

De Lima believes that Napoles has not left the country.

Once Napoles is included in the Red List, all the 190 member countries of Interpol will be alerted.

The Justice chief said Napoles will have a hard time leaving the country because the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has cancelled her passport.

She also said the NBI is readying its case against Napoles in relation to the pork barrel scam.

De Lima said the NBI has identified the persons who could be charged but she refused to identify them.

“We have identified people who can be charged, but we have to double check to make sure the supporting evidence is solid,” de Lima said.