PHL, Indonesia officials to meet on Mary Jane Veloso case (Philippines News Agency)

Filipino and Indonesian officials are scheduled to meet in Jakarta on Wednesday to discuss development in the cases filed in the Philippines against the recruiters of convicted drug mule Mary Jane Veloso, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

On July 29, representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Department of Justice will be meeting with Indonesian officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Law and Human Rights, and the Attorney General’s Office, the DFA said.

The meeting is intended to update Indonesia on the progress of the case filed against Veloso’s recruiter Kristina Sergio, who was charged with illegal recruitment, human smuggling, and estafa.

They will also discuss the possible assistance available to Veloso under the Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Among Like-Minded ASEAN Member Countries or ASEAN MLAT.

This is part of the DFA’s continuous commitment to provide assistance to Mary Jane Veloso, the DFA said.

Veloso, 30, was spared from death at the last minute when the Indonesian government unexpectedly ordered a stay in her execution following President Benigno S. Aquino III’s last minute appeal to counterpart Jokowi Widodo to turn her into a witness.

The Filipino entered Indonesia from Malaysia as a tourist and was arrested by authorities in Yogyakarta in 2010 after 2.6 kilograms of heroin were found in her luggage.

Veloso maintained her innocence, saying she was tricked by Sergio into bringing the suitcase to Indonesia. (PNA) FFC/MDC/eds