Luy hard-drive pre-marked as evidence

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

THE Sandiganbayan first division allowed Thursday the pre-marking of Benhur Luy's external hard-drive as evidence in the plunder and graft cases of detained Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. related to the pork barrel scam.

In the continuation of Revilla's bail hearing, defense lawyers opposed the admission of the external storage device, which supposedly contains records of the senator's illegal transactions with Janet Lim Napoles, the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind, but the Sandiganbayan allowed it.

Luy said the hard-drive contains the 2004 to 2012 financial transactions of Napoles' non-government organization, JLN Corporation, with the accused lawmaker using his Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF).

The scam's main whistleblower said the storage device also contains the daily transactions of JLN Corporation as well as the financial ledger he used to record when he was still working for his cousin, Napoles.

Luy said he transferred all his files from his old desktop computer to his new Apple Mac computer and made another backup file to it.

Stephen David, Napoles' defense counsel, argued during the hearing that the anti-graft court should not allow the presented evidence to be pre-marked, saying Luy's hard-drive was not earlier included in the list submitted by the prosecution.

"I'm confused why the court allowed [the pre- marking] it," David said during the hearing.

Revilla's defense counsel Joel Bodegon agreed with David's observations.

Meanwhile, Michael Ancheta, defense counsel of Revilla former chief-of-staff Richard Cambe, said the so-called "Luy files" is inadmissible for being "hearsay" since it were transferred from the Luy's old desktop computer to his new one by Rolando Galay, a former staff of Napoles.

Justice Undersecretary Jose Justiniano said that they also want the printouts of daily transactions of Napoles as well as the financial ledger to be pre-marked by the court. (Sunnex)

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