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De Lima: US Marine linked in transgender slay must personally attend preliminary probe

/ 02:25 PM October 20, 2014
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Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–Government prosecutors will insist that the US military man accused of killing a Filipina transgender should personally appear on Tuesday’s preliminary investigation.

“During preliminary investigation, the usual process is for the respondent (on this case is Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton) to personally appear during preliminary investigation especially if he is required to submit a counter-affidavit,” Justice Secretary Leila De Lima told reporters Monday.

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“He [Pemberton] must appear. We see no reason why he will be an exception to the general rule,” the Justice Secretary added.

While there were instances where they allow non-appearance during preliminary investigation, De Lima said it was only for compelling reason.

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“On this case, I could not see any reason why he should not personally appear before the City Prosecutor.”

“The prosecutor will not admit a counter-affidavit that was not personally subscribed before her office,” De Lima said.

Pemberton is accused of killing Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude. He is facing a complaint for murder.

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