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Italy court acquits Pinay charged for drug smuggling By Michaela P. del Callar 05/19/2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Italy court acquits Pinay charged for drug smuggling

By Michaela P. del Callar 05/19/2011

A Filipino woman, caught with close to 50 grams of metamphetamine, locally known as shabu, was acquitted of drug smuggling in Italy, the Department of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.

On May 4, the judge of the Civitavecchia Tribunal, on the strength of the evidence presented by the Philippine embassy-hired lawyer found the woman not guilty of drug charges. The Filipina was on house arrest during her trial which lasted seven months.

The 59-year-old was apprehended on Oct. 4, 2010 upon arrival at Italy’s Fiumicino Airport when authorities found 49.50 grams of shabu stashed inside a portable DVD player that she was asked to carry for a fellow overseas Filipino worker in Rome.

She was incarcerated at the Civitavecchia prison from the day of her arrest until her trial on Oct. 18 of the same year where she was granted house arrest for medical reasons..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20110519nat2.html

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