No TRO on cases vs Lee, Cornejo

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

MANILA -- The Court of Appeals (CA) has not issued a stay order on the investigation on the complaints against Cedric Lee and six others for alleged mauling of actor-television host Vhong Navarro nearly three months ago.

Instead, the CA Special Fourth Division directed Prosecutor General Claro Arellano, the three-member investigating panel from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to comment on Lee's March 4 petition within 10 days.

Lee, in turn, has five days to reply to the government's comment against the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO), according to a resolution written by Associate Justice Leoncia Dimagiba.

The prosecutors already issued a resolution on the complaints and filed serious illegal detention and grave coercion cases against Lee's group before the Taguig Regional Trial Court.

Lee's co-respondents are his sister Bernice, Simeon Raz, Jose Paolo Calma, Ferdinand Guerrero, Jed Fernandez and Deniece Cornejo, whose alleged rape caused the group to beat up Navarro at Forbeswood Heights Condominium in Taguig City on January 22.

The DOJ dismissed the rape complaint on April 4, backing Navarro's claim that he was set up by Cornejo to allow Lee's group to extort money from him.

Lee's camp already filed a motion for judicial determination of probable cause before Judge Paz Esperanza Cortes of the Taguig Regional Trial Court branch 271 in a bid to delay their arrest.

Serious illegal detention is a non-bailable offense, whose elements include deprivation of liberty and infliction of serious physical injuries. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)

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