Perjury raps vs Benhur Luy junked-A A +A
Thursday, October 17, 2013
MANILA (Updated) -- The Manila City Prosecutor's Office dismissed on Thursday the perjury case filed by businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles against her former aid and pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy.
Assistant City Prosecutor Philger Noel Inovejas recommended the dismissal of the perjury charge against Luy due to Napoles's failure to prove the falsity of her former aide's allegation of illegal detention and her involvement in the anomalous transactions with government officials.
"Granting, for the sake of argument, that the respondents' statements were false, Napoles has not convincingly shown that the falsehood had been done deliberately and willfully," the resolution reads.
Inovejas also recommended the dismissal of similar raps filed by Napoles against her former JLN employee Merlinda Sunas, as well as Luy's other relatives -- Arturo Francisco Luy, Gertrudes Luy, Arthur Luy and Annabelle Luy -- for lack of sufficient evidence.
"The assertions of respondents in their affidavit were all based on personal knowledge and belief and based on the good faith interpretation of events," the resolution stated.
Napoles, the alleged architect of the multi-billion pesos scam, is currently detained at the Fort Santo Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, for alleged serious illegal detention of Luy. (Sunnex)