Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Ellah Joy Pique Kidnap-Slay Case To Be Elevated in Court

The family of slain 6-year-old kidnap victim Ellah Joy Pique was given reason to hope for full resolution of the case after Deputy Provincial Prosecutor England Joseph Berciles said the prosecutors panel found probable cause to indict Bella Ruby Santos and her British partner Ian Charles Griffiths with charges of kidnapping with homicide in relation to Ellah Joy’s death.

Berciles disclosed the findings to reporters yesterday.

He said he will either approve or reverse the recommendation made by the panel sometime this week.

Still, the lawyers of Santos and Griffiths vowed to contest the ruling of the three-member panel of prosecutors.

We respect the ruling of the panel although to our mind they erred (in deciding on the complaint),” said the respondent’s lawyer Rameses Villagonzalo.

Villagonzalo and Makati City-based lawyer Ana Luz Cristal are contemplating whether to seek reconsideration from the Cebu Provincial Prosecutors’ Office or file a petition for review before the Department of Justice.

An arrest will be issued against Santos and Griffiths once the case is elevated to court. The case is nonbailable.

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