Arrest warrants out for Lee, Cornejo, et al

Posted at 04/14/14 3:23 PM

MANILA (2nd UPDATE) - The Taguig Metropolitan Trial Court (MTC) Branch 74 has issued arrest warrants for Cedric Lee, Deniece Cornejo and five others involved in the mauling of actor-host Vhong Navarro, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima confirmed on Monday.

Prosecutor General Claro Arellano said Taguig MTC Branch 74 Judge Bernard Bernal issued the warrants of arrest for Lee, Cornejo, Bernice Lee, Ferdinand Guerrero, Simeon Raz, Jose Paolo Calma, and Jed Fernandez last Friday, April 11.

Copies of the arrest warrants have been sent to the stakeholders in the case, he said.

The arrest warrants issued were in connection with the serious illegal detention and grave coercion case filed against them by Navarro.

Earlier today, Guerrero attempted to leave the country.

Guerrero was lining up at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 for a flight to Hong Kong when he was spotted by immigration officials.

Lee also reportedly attempted to fly out of the country over the weekend.

Last Thursday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said it found probable cause to charge Cornejo, the Lee siblings, Guerrero, Raz, Calma and Fernandez for the crimes of serious illegal detention and grave coercion.

In its resolution dated April 4, the DOJ said it was clear that the group of Lee deprived Navarro of his liberty on January 22 up to the wee hours of January 23. This is a primary element of the crime of serious illegal detention, the DOJ said.

Cornejo's rape claim against Navarro, meanwhile, was junked by the DOJ. -- Report from Alex Calda, dzMM; With ANC