By: Marlene Alcaide, News5 November 21, 2013 2:41 PM
MANILA, Philippines -- Businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles will remain in detention after the Makati regional trial court denied her petition for bail on serious illegal detention charges, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Thursday.
The case against Napoles -- who is also accused of conniving with lawmakers and other government officials to funnel off billions of pesos from the Priority Development Assistance Fund -- was filed by Benhur Luy, her relative and former confidant who is now government’s star witness against her in the pork barrel scam.
Luy accused Napoles and her brother Reynald Lim, who is still at large, of forcibly detaining him for several months after she suspected him of attempting to duplicate her operations.
In its decision, the court found that "the evidence adduced by the prosecution is strong which leads the court to conclude that the offense of serious illegal detention as charged, has been committed by Janet Napoles."
"The prosecution was also able to establish the existence of conspiracy between Janet Lim Napoles and Jojo Lim (Napoles's brother) concerning the commission of the crime of serious illegal detention," state prosecutor PG Arellano said.
Napoles is detained at Fort Sto. Domingo, the headquarters of the police Special Action Force in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.