Monday , June 25, 2018

Veloso's second appeal rejected

MANILA -- Filipino maid Mary Jane Veloso is now facing imminent execution for drug trafficking charges after an Indonesian court denied her second appeal on Monday.

Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose confirmed the development, saying the Sleman District Court based its decision on the Indonesian Supreme Court rule that disallows a second appeal.

Veloso is set to be executed by firing squad, along with other drug convicts, on Tuesday in Central Java’s Nusakambangan island.

"Embassy is now asking the lawyers to determine whether President Benigno Aquino III's discussions this morning with Indonesian President Joko Widodo may open another window," Jose said.

On Monday morning, Aquino personally asked Widodo to spare Veloso's life at the sidelines of the 26th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Leaders' Summit in Malaysia.

Widodo was reportedly sympathetic to Aquino's plea and was consulting with the Indonesian Attorney General on the legal issues surrounding the Filipino's case.

Veloso's lawyers said in the second appeal that she was deprived of due process when she was not assisted by a competent lawyer and interpreter from the time she was arrested in Yogyakarta airport in 2010.

They also presented a certification from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency that Veloso was a victim of deception and manipulation by her illegal recruiters.

Veloso had said she does not know that there were 2.6 kilograms of heroin in the luggage she was carrying. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)