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EU HR chair asks Edong Angara, Koko Pimentel, Vit Aguirre to let de Lima serve as senator sans conviction

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The chair of the European Parliament subcommittee on human rights has urged government officials to expedite the case and effect the release from jail of detained Sen. Leila de Lima.

Soraya Post, a member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Sweden, has written Presidential Special Envoy to the European Union Edgardo Angara last Oct. 26 to convey her concerns to Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre II on the alleged unjust pre-trial detention.

“During our discussion, I raised concern about the fate of De Lima who is still being held in prison without charge,” she said in her letter to Angara.

The sub-committee has pressed the government to allow De Lima to perform her Senate duties while she awaits trial for the illegal drugs charge filed against her.

De Lima was furnished a copy of Post’s letter.

Prior to this, Post had led a fact-finding mission to the Philippines last July 19 to look De Lima’s situation at her detention cell inside the Philippine National Police’ (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame.

She was accompanied by other MEPs Adam Kósa (Hungary), Josef Weidenholzer (Austria), and Rikke Karlsson (Denmark).

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