Thursday, January 14, 2016

Mary Jane Veloso's kin, lawyers visit Filipino convict in Indonesian prison

Mary Jane Veloso, the Filipino who was convicted last year of bringing in heroin into Indonesia, was again given time to spend with her family on Wednesday, her lawyers and the overseas Filipino workers group Migrante have said.
It was the second day that Veloso was visited by her loved ones after her family visited her on Tuesday, two days after her birthday.
According to the National Union of People's Lawyers and Migrante, Veloso's family was able to enter the prison facility on January 12 with officials from the Philippine Embassy and Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
Attorney Edre Olalia, Veloso's legal counsel from the NUPL, also spoke with the now 31-year-old mother.
Both the government and Veloso's legal counsel stated that the Filipino was not part of the new batch of drug convicts announced for execution this year by the Indonesian government.
They also said that proving Veloso's innocence by resolving the case of her alleged recruiters, Ma. Cristina Sergio and her partner Julius Lacanilao, will be paramount in securing a pardon for the Filipino.
Veloso was arrested at the Yogyakarta airport in 2010 for possessing two kilograms of heroin in a suitcase supposedly given to her by Sergio in Malaysia. Rie Takumi/NB, GMA News

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