Thursday, April 06, 2006

After forty-two days in illegal and arbitrary detention

From the Office of Anakpawis Representative Crispin B. Beltran

Lisa C. Ito, Public Information Officer (+63)927.796.7006

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April 6, 2006

After forty-two days in illegal and arbitrary detention

Cong. Beltran hopes Makati court will allow transfer of custody to Congress or a hospital with adequate facilities

Will the Makati Regional Trial Court (MRTC) allow Anakpawis solon Crispin Beltran to be released from Camp Crame on humanitarian grounds?

Beltran and his lawyers will find out at tomorrow's court hearing at the MRTC Branch 137, under Judge Jenny Lind Aledoca-Delorino, where an Omnibus Motion, pleading to resolve the pending urgent Motion of Release and to allow Beltran to be transferred to a hospital with adequate facilities, will be heard.

Beltran pleads that he be immediately released or be allowed to avail himself of the protective custody of the House of Representatives and be transferred to a hospital with adequate facilities.

This Omnibus Motion aiming to effect the release of Cong. Beltran on humanitarian grounds was filed at the MRTC April 3 and will be heard by the Makati RTC tomorrow 10 AM.

More than a month has passed since Beltran was arbitrarily arrested and illegally detained in Camp Crame. His family and colleagues have been calling for Beltran's transfer to a hospital of his choice with adequate medical facilities, while the rebellion and sedition charges filed against him take their course through the judiciary, daughter Olivia Lalusis says.

"My father has not been convicted of any crime. I hope that the court and the police will effect his release from police custody while the legal battle for his liberty is waged in the courts," Lalusis said.

Beltran is currently under police custody at the Philippine National Police General Hospital. Beltran's health condition needs to be continuously monitored because of all the detention-related stress the 73-year old solon is undergoing, Lalusis said. ##


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