‘Purisima not a flight risk’

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Former Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Alan Purisima will return to the country and intends to face the charges against him if the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan’s Sixth Division will let him travel to the United States next month, his lawyers assured. Purisima asked for the court’s permission to let him travel abroad from September 5 to 27 in order to visit his son who is studying in California. The prosecution opposed his request, arguing that there is no urgent or compelling reason for the trip and that the probability of him not returning to the Philippines was “very imminent.” But in a five-page reply filed on Tuesday, Purisima’s camp argued that he “has all intention to return to our country since the accusation against him has no basis and is politically motivated.” Purisima and several police officers and private individuals were charged by the Ombudsman in connection with the allegedly anomalous courier deal entered into by the PNP with Werfast Documentation Agency Inc. (Werfast) in 2011. The defense said Purisima was on board a flight to Saudi Arabia when he learned of the Ombudsman’s order to suspend him in December 2014 and that he booked his flight back to the Philippines upon arrival in order to clear his name and dispute the accusation against him.

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