Indonesia prevents Veloso from traveling to Philippines

Indonesia prevents Veloso from traveling to Philippines
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Indonesia will not allow Filipina death row convict Mary Jane Veloso to travel to the Philippines to appear in court on May 8 and May 14 as requested by her government, an official said on Thursday.

The Attorney General's Office (AGO) spokesman Tony Spontana said the government would instead facilitate Veloso to conduct a video conference or present written testimony to prove her innocence during the planned court hearing in the Philippines against her alleged trafficker Maria Kristina Sergio, who voluntarily turned herself in to the local police on Tuesday.

"[The Philippines government] has asked Veloso [to come to the Philippines] to testify before the court, but we consider it impossible. Today we will respond to their letter and offer solutions," Tony said, adding that the letter was dated on Apr. 28, the day Veloso was scheduled to be executed together with eight other convicts.

Veloso avoided execution on early Wednesday thanks to Sergio's emergence in the Philippines, Veloso was allegedly a victim of human trafficking.

Tony said the Philippines had scheduled the court sessions on May 8 and May 14.

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