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High Court to hear case of Pinay held for money laundering

29 January 2019

By Vir B. Lumicao

A Filipina domestic worker accused of money laundering has been refused bail by a magistrate, and will next appear at the High Court for the hearing of her case.

Jeanette C. Rodriguez appeared on Jan 24 before Eastern Magistrate Peter Law a week after she was charged with two counts of “dealing with property known or believed to represent proceeds of indictable offense”, a euphemism for money laundering.

No plea was taken. No details of the case were read out and the defense lawyer said his client was applying for bail and offering to put up $500 for her temporary release.

The lawyer also said Rodriguez was willing to surrender her passport and promised not to leave Hong Kong.

But Law rejected the defendant’s bail application, citing the serious nature of her case and the possibility that she would abscond.

Rodriguez has been in police custody since her arrest earlier this month.

She was charged in court on Jan 17 following the alleged transfer and withdrawal of a large amount of money to her bank account.

Law told the defendant that her case will be moved to the High Court on Feb 20.


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