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Philippine Supreme Court dismisses graft case against former leader Arroyo

July 19, 2016 8:23 AM (UTC+8)

 

(From AFP)

The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a long-running corruption case against jailed former president Gloria Arroyo and ordered her immediate release after almost five years in detention.

rroyo found not guilty of graft
Gloria Arroyo was accused of stealing $8.8 mn in state lottery funds meant for charity programs while she was in office

The 69-year-old, who was in office from 2001-2010, could be freed later Tuesday from the Manila government hospital where she has been held since her November 2011 arrest, her lawyers said.

The case against Arroyo and a co-defendant was dismissed “for insufficiency of evidence”, Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te told reporters.

Arroyo was accused of stealing 366 million pesos ($8.8 million) in state lottery funds meant for charity programs while she was in office. Read More

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