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Congressman Beltran walks out of inquest proceedings
First posted 01:20pm (Mla time) Feb 27, 2006
By Joel Francis Guinto, Luigi del Puerto
(UPDATE) A DEFIANT partylist lawmaker Crispin Beltran refused to recognize the inquest proceedings he was being subjected to over rebellion and coup d'etat charges and walked out of the proceedings in Camp Crame Monday.
"This is foolishness. This is not an inquest, charge me with contempt," Beltran shouted, as he raised a clenched fist in defiance of the proceedings conducted by justice department prosecutors.
Several policemen tried to placate Beltran, who alongside his lawyer Romeo Capulong, refused to take their seats.
This compelled Senior State Prosecutor Emmanuel Velasco to submit the case for resolution.
Capulong denounced the inquest proceedings as a "mockery of justice," and dismissed it as a "farcical script of Malaca�ang."
Beltran and several other personalities were charged on Monday by the police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of rebellion and coup d' etat.
Beltran, arrested based on a 22-year-old arrest warrant, was charged Monday with rebellion and coup d' etat.
The inquest was conducted following the filing of charges.
Beltran was arrested in Bulacan by CIDG operatives last Saturday. Upon arrival in Camp Crame, he was shown a 1985 warrant of arrest issued during the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos.
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