THE Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed criminal charges against trader Janet Lim-Napoles for allegedly abducting Benhur Luy, one of the witnesses in the P728 million fertilizer fund scam.
The DOJ granted the motion for reconsideration filed by Luy and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and reversed its original findings that exonerated Napoles. The resolution was signed and approved by Prosecutor General Claro Arellano.
Charges of serious illegal detention were filed by the DOJ against Napoles and her brother Reynaldo Lim, both of JLN Group of Companies before the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) and it was raffled off to the sala of Judge Elmo Alameda.
Alameda has issued a warrant of arrest for the two respondents.
Luy, in his motion for reconsideration, said that the DOJ erred in throwing out the complaint against Napoles and Lim.
NBI agents on March 22, 2013 reported that it rescued Luy who was held captive for more than three months by Reynald and Janet in the latter’s condominium unit at Pacific Plaza Tower, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City.
Reynald was supposedly arrested without warrant and was brought to St. Luke’s Hospital because of chest pains.
In its first ruling, the DOJ said Benhur was not detained against his will.