[In the news] DOJ drops raps vs. poet-activist Ericson Acosta -GMA News

DOJ drops raps vs. poet-activist Ericson Acosta
Mark MERUEÑAS, GMA News
January 31, 2013

gmanewsonline(Updated 3:21 p.m.) The Department of Justice (DOJ) has dropped charges against cultural activist and poet Ericson Acosta, who has been incarcerated since 2011 over what his friends and supporters claimed was a trumped-up charge.

In a 15-page resolution signed by Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III, the DOJ said it found “numerous irregularities” in the arrest, detention, and turn-over of Acosta that led the agency to “seriously doubt the validity of the charges against him.”

The DOJ noted how Acosta was not immediately brought to the nearest police station or jail after his arrest, as required under Section 3, Rule 113 of the Revised Rules on Criminal Procedure.

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