De Lima bid to stop drug probe junked

Manila Times - - FRONT PAGE - BY JOMAR CANLAS

THE Court of Ap­peals has junked the plea of em­bat­tled Sen. Leila de Lima to stop the De­part­ment of Jus­tice (DOJ) from con­duct­ing a pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion into crim­i­nal cases against her in con­nec­tion with the il­le­gal drug trade at the New Bili­bid Prison.

The court’s Spe­cial 6th Divi­sion de­nied de Lima’s re­quest for a tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der (TRO), and al­lowed the DOJ to con­tinue its probe, which could lead to de Lima’s in­dict­ment be­fore the courts or the

charges and con­spir­acy to al­low the il­le­gal drug trade in­side the na­tional pen­i­ten­tiary, filed by the Vol­un­teers Against Crime and Cor­rup­tion ( VACC), the Na­tional Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (NBI) and for­mer NBI deputy di­rec­tors Rey­naldo Es­mer­alda and Ruel Lasala.

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