Tuesday, April 03, 2007

After Satur's case, Supreme Court should look into mine – Beltran

Tuesday April 3, 2007

After Satur's case, Supreme Court should look into mine – Beltran

Anakpawis Representative and political detainee Crispin Beltran today lauded the decision of the Supreme Court to allow the temporary release of Bayan Muna Representative Satur Ocampo upon the placement of P100,000 bail bond.

"This is a most just and humane decision which we hope would eventually lead to Ka Satur's complete release and the dismissal of all criminal charges against him," Beltran said.

Beltran in the meantime also issued an appeal to the Supreme Court to lay down a favorable decision on his own pending petition at the SC calling on the High Court to assume jurisdiction over his case given the slow movement in the lower courts. The inciting to sedition case versus Beltran is filed at the Quezon City Municipal Trial Court Branch 43 while the rebellion case against him ins with the Makati Regional Tria Court Branch 150.

"My innocence is very easy to prove and the charges against me as well as the false testimonies used to secure my arrest are also easy to debunk and expose as pure fabrications. The Supreme Court's higher authority should be consulted on the veracity of the charges against me, as well as the illegal manner by which I was arrested. I was arrested on February 25, 2006 on the basis of a lapsed warrant, on rebellion charges that have already been dismissed," he said.

Beltran said that his counsels filed its petition for certiorari last November 2006 but up to now no decision have been laid down. He expressed hope that given the swiftness of the SC's action on Ocampo's case, the SC will also deem it fit to address his own petition and call for justice.

"This is an urgent petition calling on the SC to step into the breach and impose a TRO on the unjust decisions being laid down by the courts on the case. With a TRO on the RTC decisions, we can move forward with other legal moves to that will and should lead to the dismissal of the charges against me. I hopeful that the SC will see the merits of the arguments and, more importantly, the moral basis of the assertions of my innocence." #


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