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DOJ drops rape complaint vs Vhong, indicts Cedric, Deniece for illegal detention

Posted On 2014 Apr 11
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Vhong Navarro

Vhong Navarro (MNS Photo)

MANILA, Apr 10 (Mabuhay) – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has dismissed the rape complaint filed by model Deniece Cornejo against Vhong Navarro.

At the same time, the DOJ has found probable cause to charge Cedric Lee, Deniece Cornejo, Bernice Lee, Simeon Raz, Fedinand Guerrero, Jose Paolo Calma and Jeff Fernandez for the crimes of serious illegal detention and grave coercion.

The DOJ, in a 42-page resolution dated April 4, 2014, said it was clear that on January 22 up to the wee hours of January 23 Lee’s group deprived Navarro of his liberty, which is a primary element of the crime of serious illegal detention.

The DOJ said the group also inflicted serious physical injuries on the host-actor and threatened him.

The DOJ said it is also clear that the group committed the crime charged for purposes of extorting money or ransom from Navarro in exchange of his liberty.

As for the crime of grave coercion, the DOJ said it was apparent that the group compelled Navarro to do acts which were against his will.

Meanwhile, the panel said the other complaints filed by Navarro against Lee’s group, including serious physical injuries, grave threats and illegal arrest, were already absorbed in the illegal detention charge. (MNS)

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