Sandigan denies Vitangcol motion

Sacked MRT Gen Manager Al Vitangcol, speaks during a hearing of the House committee on good government and public accountability on the alleged extortion attempt, at the House of Representatives in QUeozn City ,May 27, 2014. Vitangcol dismissed as lies Czech Ambassador Josef Rychtar’s allegation that top MRT officials tried to extort $30 million from the Czech company Inekon Group in exchange for the contract to supply 48 trains for the MRT 3 expansion. (MArk BAlmores)

The Sandiganbayan Sixth Division has denied the motion for reconsideration filed by Al Sanchez Vitangcol III against allowing a former Czech ambassador and a lawyer to testify against him via video conference.

The case stemmed from the two counts of violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act filed against Vitangcol and his middleman Wilson Tigno de Vera over irregularities in the selection of parts and wagon suppliers for the Metro Rail Transit 3.

The court also brushed aside Vitangcol’s claim he was deprived of due process of law over the sealed correspondences between government prosecutors and former Czech Ambassador Josef Rychtar and Dr. Vit Makarius, a lawyer of Josef Husek of the supplier Inekon Group.

The correspondences merely explained why Rychtar and Makarius cannot testify in person although they are willing to testify via video teleconferencing.

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