DOJ to submit Ohara abduction probe report

Posted at 01/09/2012 3:41 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Justice(DOJ) fact-finding team that investigated the alleged abduction and extortion of a Japanese national by officials and agents of the National Bureau of Investigation(NBI) is scheduled to submit its report to Justice Secretary Leila De Lima today.

The report will include the fact-finding team's recommendations.

Undocumented Japanese national Noriyo Ohara, 32, was arrested by NBI agents in Pangasinan last October 29.

NBI officials and agents, particularly from the bureau's Security and Management Division (SMD), reportedly extorted some P6 million from her and her Filipino foster family, in exchange for her freedom.

NBI Director Magtanggol Gatdula was also implicated in the alleged extortion and has gone on a 30-day leave to give way to the DOJ investigation.

The 3-member DOJ fact-finding team is headed by Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III, with members Justice Asst. Sec. Zabedin Azis and City Prosecutor Donald Lee.

The fact-finding team's report will be forwarded to Malacanan.