Cedric Lee asks CA to stop probe into mauling incident

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Friday, March 14, 2014

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has ordered the government to respond to a petition by businessman Cedric Lee to stop the prosecutors' investigation into the mauling incident involving actor Vhong Navarro last January 22.

In a two-page resolution, the CA Fourth Division directed the Department of Justice (DOJ), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and members of the three-man panel of prosecutors to comment on Lee's request for the Court to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) or preliminary injunction.

A copy of the petition was not immediately available although Lee's lawyer Howard Calleja had said they will question the probe because the incident allegedly does not involve national security to merit the formation of a panel.

Lee and his sister Bernice, model-stylist Deniece Cornejo, JP Calma, Ferdinand Guerrero, Jed Fernandez and Simeon Raz Jr. were facing charges including the non-bailable offense of serious illegal detention for attacking Navarro at a Taguig City condominium unit.

Cornejo, on the other hand, filed a counter-charge of rape against the actor.

The complaints have already been submitted for resolution by the panel composed of Assistant State Prosecutors Olivia Torrevillas, Hazel Decena-Valdez and Marie Elvira Herrera. (Sunnex)

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