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Kaya ayaw maging state witness! Guevarra: PH worked with US DOJ to indict Napoles, family for money laundering

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It seems there is a reason why Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra removed alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles from the Witness Protection Program.

The United States Department of Justice (US DOJ) has announced that Napoles and five of her family members got indicted by the federal grand jury with conspiracy to commit money laundering, domestic money laundering and international money laundering in connection with $20 million believed to have come from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.

“We have been quietly coordinating with the US Dept. of Justice on this conspiracy to commit money laundering case,” said Guevarra in a statement on Wednesday (August 1).

“We welcome this development, as it paves the way for the return of the people’s money to our national treasury,” he added.

Those included in the US indictment are her brother Reynald Luy Lim; his wife Ana Marie Lim; and Napoles’s children Jo Christine, James Christopher, and Jeane Catherine.

“We shall continue to extend legal assistance to our US counterparts, including the possible extradition of certain persons who might be found here,” Guevarra assured.

“In the case of Janet Napoles, however, her pending cases in Philippine courts must first be terminated before she possibly gets extradited,” he explained.

Napoles, Jo Christine, and James Christopher are currently facing multiple charges before the Sandiganbayan in connection with the PDAF scam.

Napoles is currently detained at Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.