Freeze order on Isnaji's bank accounts extended for another six months

August 20, 2009 9:47 am 

MANILA, Aug. 20 – The Court of Appeals (CA) has extended for another six months the "freeze order" on the five bank accounts of Indanan, Sulu Mayor Alvarez Isnaji and his sons Haider and Khan.

The mayor and his sons were accused of being involved in the abduction of ABS-CBN news anchorwoman Ces Orena-Drilon and her crew in June 2008.

The CA granted the motion filed by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), seeking for an extension of the "freeze order" from its period of validity of up to Aug. 31, 2009 until Feb. 26, 2010.

The OSG sought the freeze order in the belief that part of the ransom money paid by Drilon were deposited in the accounts of the mayor and his sons.

Covered by the freeze order are the bank accounts of the Isnajis in the Land Bank of the Philippines Cotabato branch and four accounts at the Philippine National Bank.

Meantime, Acting Justice Secretary and concurrent Solicitor General Agnes Devanadera said that with the effectivity of the "freeze order", the OSG was now scrutinizing the bank accounts of the Isnajis such that once proven that such money were sourced illegally, forfeiture proceedings would follow. (PNA)

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