Besides the plunderers
, very various people, some drawn by curiosity, some by official duties, some by self-interest- house owners, clergy, officials of all kinds, tradesmen, artisans, and peasants- streamed into Moscow as blood flows to the heart.
Then the approach to the confused problems of some larger centre of population and the presence of a more intricate conflict would be marked by roughly smeared notices of "Quarantine" or "Strangers Shot," or by a string of decaying plunderers
dangling from the telephone poles at the roadside.
Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin on Wednesday took exception to critics claims that the Supreme Court (SC) engages in judicial legislation in key cases, including the acquittal of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, where the High Court first announced the requirement of a mastermind or main plunderer
in plunder cases.
The Arroyo case was the first to introduce the concept of a 'main plunderer
.' Arroyo was acquitted because the prosecution failed to identify the main plunderer
in the charge sheet as well as prove who the main plunderer
was during the trial, according to court records.
In a case involving plunder, what happens if the main plunderer
who must be a public official is not identified?
Napoles, on the other hand, poked holes at the fact that there was no main plunderer
identified by the prosecution.
The minister said the opposition was demanding to issue production orders of Asif Zardari only to create hurdle in the smooth investigation against the plunderer
, who looted the national exchequer.
The minister said the opposition was demanding a production order for Mr Zardari only to create a hurdle in the smooth investigation against the plunderer
who had looted the national exchequer.
Although there is evidence to show that there were glaring irregularities in the disbursement of accused Estrada's PDAF allocations and that he received a sum of money from his participation in these irregularities, there is no strong evidence to show that he is the main plunderer
within the contemplation of the plunder law and as alleged in the information [of the case]."
Highwayman of the air, coal-headed, darting Plunderer
Read Eco-Efficiency to see where you fall along the spectrum that extends from plunderer
(most of us) to restorer.
[See Doug Elkins, Plunderer
or New Age Choreographer?, page 80.]
Aside from this argument, the accused also claimed that the information against them has no bearing as it failed to specify who among the accused was the main plunderer
. This assertion was also made by Napoles in a separate plunder case, this time involving former Senator Jinggoy Estrada.
"The long and short of it is that none of the additional witnesses and evidence presented by the prosecution was offered to prove that Estrada is the main plunderer
(in the case) and that accused Estrada received the alleged kickbacks and commissions from accused Napoles and (John Raymund) De Asis," the motion read.
Napoles' counsels, led by lawyer Rony Garay, said the absence of a central public official as main plunderer
merits the dismissal of a case.