Japanese national files kidnapping charges vs. ex-NBI Director

February 15, 2012 11:12 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 15 – Japanese national Noriyo Ohara has filed kidnapping and serious illegal detention charges before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against dismissed National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Magtanggol Gatdula.

The NBI, which is the Philippines' premier investigating body, is an attached agency of the (DOJ).

DOJ Prosecutor General Claro Arellano confirmed on Wednesday that Ohara filed the kidnapping and serious illegal detention charges against the former NBI Chief.

Gatdula has been replaced following the earlier recommendation of the DOJ panel chaired by Undersecretary Francisco "Toti" Baraan III that he be subject to a preliminary investigation for kidnapping and serious illegal detention under the Revised Penal Code (RPC) following the allegations of abduction and extortion of Noriyo Ohara or Marife Laganas.

The case arose when Ohara was allegedly taken by the NBI on Oct. 29, 2011.

The foster family of Ohara said that the NBI asked for P15 million in exchange for her release and for not initiating deportation proceedings against her.

Of the P15 million, P6 million was paid in staggered basis on Oct. 29, Nov. 2 and Nov. 9, all in 2011.

Ohara, an undocumented Japanese national, has been transferred to the Bureau of Immigration (BI), also an attached agency of the DOJ. (PNA)

RMA/PTR

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