THE Department of Justice (DOJ) has assigned a new prosecutor to handle the cases filed against eight suspects, including a policeman, in the kidnapping of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo last October.

Lawyer Loverhette Jeffrey Villordon is set to replace Assistant State Prosecutor Hjalmar Quintana as prosecutor on case, said Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.

On Thursday, Jee's camp said that Quintana inhibited from the case following a motion for inhibition filed by Senior Police Officer 3 Ricky Sta. Isabel, the alleged leader of the kidnapping group that abducted Jee last October 18 in Arayat street in Angeles City.

According to Bantilan, the police officer accused Quintanta of being bias. The lawyer refused to elaborate.

Pending before the DOJ are the kidnapping and serious illegal detention cases filed against the suspects. Quintana had conducted two hearings.

Three of the eight suspects were identified by house helper, Marisa Dawis, who was also kidnapped by the group but was released the following day; the other five remain unidentified.

The wife of the abducted South Korean businessman Choi Kyung-jin has offered P100,000 reward to any person who can help locate her husband. (SunStar Philippines)