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Napoles, 3 children indicted in US for money laundering, seek court nod for California trip

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QUEZON CITY – Jo Christine and James Christopher Napoles, children of pork barrel scam prime suspect, have asked the Sandiganbayan’s Third Division to let them travel to the United States on November 15 to face charges filed in courts there.

 

A US grand jury has indicted Lim-Napoles; her children Jo Christine, James Christopher and Jeane; Reynald Luy Lim; and Ana Marie Lim for alleged money laundering.

 

A motion filed before the Sandiganbayan stated that Jo Christine and James Christopher “most respectfully ask that they be allowed to travel to the United States of America on November 15, 2018 and to stay in the United States of America while they are defending the civil and criminal cases filed against them.”


The Napoles siblings said that similar to the case before the Sandiganbayan, they “are required to personally appear during arraignment, hearings on motions, and trial in the US” or the rights and privileges available to them as accused would be waived.

 

In their pleadings, the siblings assured the anti-graft court that they would return to the Philippines not only to bolster their innocence, but also to perform their duties as accused in this case.”


Jo Christine and James Christopher are among the individuals facing charges of graft and of malversation through falsification before the Sandiganbayan’s Third Division — which is enforcing a hold departure order against the accused — over Malampaya funds in 2009 to 2010.

 

They are also among the individuals charged with graft along with former Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile in connection with the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam.

 

Lim-Napoles is detained at a Bureau of Jail Management and Penology facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City over plunder and graft charges in connection with the PDAF scam.

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