Bishop urges speedy trial for Veloso

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Members of Freedom from Debt Coalition in Tacloban City did not just stage a rally for Mary Jane Veloso, they offered a Mass for her at the Sto. Niño Church on the day of her scheduled execution in Indonesia. (Photo: Eileen Nazareno-Ballesteros)

MANILA, Nov. 20, 2015— A Catholic bishop is calling for a speedy trial for the case of Mary Jane Veloso, whose execution was indefinitely postponed by Indonesia.

Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga said the government and the judiciary must take advantage of the time while executions in Indonesia are put on hold.

“We appeal to our juridical officials to speed up the process. And so Mary Jane could be spared immediately of continual stay and suffering in prison,” he said.

“Indonesia court waits and will rely on our court decision,” said Santos, who chairs the Catholic Church’s migrants’ ministry.

The Indonesian government earlier said it wanted to focus more on fixing its weak economy rather than executions.

Santos said this “heightened” his hope more that Veloso, the Filipina on Indonesia death row for alleged drug trafficking, will be proven innocent.

Veloso’s alleged recruiters, Maria Cristina Sergio, her partner Julius Lacanilao, and a certain “Ike”, were reportedly arraigned last week on charges of qualified human trafficking in Nueva Ecija.

Veloso maintained that she was framed and duped by the three suspects into unknowingly serving as a drug mule. (R. Lagarde / CBCPNews)

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