(UPDATE) Estrada guilty of plunder; perjury rap dropped

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Estrada son, lawyer not guilty of plunder

09/12/2007

MANILA, Philippines — Former president Joseph Estrada has been found guilty beyond reasonable doubt of plunder by the Sandiganbayan anti-graft court and has been sentenced to life imprisonment.But Estrada son, Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, and lawyer Eduardo Serapio, were acquitted by Sandiganbayan in its ruling issued Wednesday that capped a six-year trial for the former leader who was ousted in a popular revolt in 2001.The perjury case against Estrada however was dismissed.The court said it would allow Estrada to stay at his resthouse in Tanay, Rizal “until further orders.”

“Let’s see what happens next …”

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