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Jee's widow urges Duterte to stop NBI from probing kidnap-slay case

GMA News Online logo GMA News Online 2/17/2017 Kaufman, Karl
Choi Kyung-Jin , the widow of slain Korean businessman Jee ick Joo, on Thursday, February 16, 2017, attends the Department of Justice preliminary hearing on the abduction and murder of her husband by rogue cops in Angeles City in October 2016. Danny Pata © Provided by GMA News Online Choi Kyung-Jin , the widow of slain Korean businessman Jee ick Joo, on Thursday, February 16, 2017, attends the Department of Justice preliminary hearing on the abduction and murder of her husband by rogue cops in Angeles City in October 2016. Danny Pata

The widow of South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo has asked President Rodrigo Duterte to prevent the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) from further looking into the abduction and killing of her husband last October 18.

Citing loss of trust, Choi Kyung Jin expressed concern that the investigation on the case may face delays after reports surfaced that some NBI officials might also be involved in the incident.

"In this regard, I would like to request that instead of this joint NBI-PNP task force, the investigation be carried on by the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group for the simple reason that I do not trust the NBI to carry out an impartial investigation," Choi said in a letter dated February 3.

“Please Mr. President, while I appreciate the attention you have given to this case, I hope that it will really be resolved at the soonest possible time to allow us the closure we desperately need. I believe this can happen if the AKG will take over the investigation until its final resolution,” she added.

Choi also held out hope that the results of the NBI probe will be turned over to the PNP AKG.

Choi has also informed NBI Director Dante Gierran of her decision to withdraw the complaints for carnapping and robbery she filed with the NBI National Capital Region, whose head, Ricardo Diaz, was among the four officials relieved from their posts because of the incident.

Jee's widow was present at the second hearing of the reinvestigation of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on the case, where PNP-AKG legal officer Dennis Wagas revealed that there was no formal order for a joint investigation by the PNP and NBI.

Wagas said the PNP and NBI were only coordinating their actions on the case.

NBI agent Joseph Eufemio Martinez, meanwhile, said documents related to their investigation have been shared with the PNP-AKG. —KBK, GMA News

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