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Mary Jane Veloso's Alleged Recruiter Surrenders

Mary Jane Veloso’s Alleged Recruiter Surrenders

| On 28, Apr 2015

Fearing for her life, the alleged recruiter of Mary Jane Veloso, who is now facing death sentence in Indonesia, surrendered.

Maria Kristina Sergio appeared at the Nueva Ecija Provincial Police Office (NEPPO) at about 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday to turn herself in.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed several cases, including human trafficking and estafa against Sergio along with her live-in partner Julius Lacanilao and an African national “Ike” before the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Lacanilao also turned himself in.

“She voluntarily appeared to this office for security reasons,” said NEPPO spokesperson Chief Inspector Avelina de Guzman.

The two surrendered despite no arrest warrants were issued against them noting that there are threats against their lives. Sergio appealed for legal assistance to defend herself from the accusations made against her.

Veloso narrated that Sergio lured her with a domestic helper job in Malaysia, before giving her a suitcase with drugs to go to Indonesia in 2010. 2.6 kilograms of heroine was found hidden inside the bag of Veloso when she entered the Yogyakarta Airport.

Expressing her willingness to be investigated, Sergio denied that she is the reason why Veloso is at death row insisting that she isn’t a member of a drug syndicate. In a report by ABS-CBN News, she also noted that she never handed the bag to the victim.

Reports has it, the Indonesian government may carry the punishment out on Veloso anytime of the day after 5 p.m.

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