Napoles gets at least 30 years for serious illegal detention

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Alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt for serious illegal detention (File photo)

(CNN Philippines) — Janet Lim-Napoles on Tuesday (April 14) was found guilty by a Makati court of illegally detaining pork scam whistleblower Benhur Luy.

The alleged pork scam mastermind was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt as principal of the crime and sentenced to reclusion perpetua, or at least 30 years in jail, after which Napoles becomes eligible for pardon.

Napoles was also asked by Judge Elmo M. Alameda of Makati Regional Trial Court branch 150 to pay Luy P50,000 for civil indemnity and P50,000 for moral damage.

The court said Luy suffered serious anxiety as a result of his detention from December 2012 to March 2013 for allegedly defrauding her of her collections from the allocated pork barrel of certain legislators.

Based on the testimonies during the hearing, the prosecution was able to establish that Napoles deprived Luy of his liberty by only allowing him to leave when Janet Lim-Napoles' brother Reynald "Jojo" Lim was with him — a co-accused in the serious illegal detention case.

The case against Lim, who remains at-large, was ordered archived.

Makati RTC Branch 150's decision on Janet Lim-Napoles' Serious Illegal Detention case (Photo by Joyce Ilas/CNN Philippines)

CNN Philippines' Joyce Ilas contributed to this report.

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