Several weeks ago, someone here asked me to provide some details into Cebu's most notorious court case of modern times and one that has international ramifications. It was briefly reported by "red tops" in the UK and was discussed on another Filipino UK Forum where some highly defamatory and libelous statements were made by its more outspoken members. A bit of background: In the middle of last year, I was invited to join the overall defence effort in respect of Ian Griffiths and Bella Santos who were accused of committing the heinous crimes of the kidnap and murder of a six year old school girl from Minglanilla, Cebu, Ellah Joy Pique. I had been following the case from the very start and frequently wrote online about it. After Ian's initial contact, I did have him vetted through my own contacts in UK law enforcement just so that I could be absolutely certain of his innocence. There is no recorded black mark against him anywhere: as far as the UK is concerned, Ian Griffiths is squeakily clean. As part of my work, I get to see all the official documents in this case including the Court Transcripts and it is very clear to me that the Police has fabricated the case - and not for the first time. Much of what you will read in the attached document is based on official records but there are some details which I'm not at liberty to divulge not least because the Defense Team is abiding by the Judge's edict that there be no reporting of witnesses' testimonies. The Prosecution Team involved in this case is huge: no fewer than 4 Fiscals (State Prosecutors), 3 lawyers from the Childrens' Legal Bureau in Cebu and two other private prosecutors have all had a hand in this case. The Defense Team they're up against is equally formidable - 6 experienced trial lawyers in Cebu led by Rameses Victorius Villagonzalo, two more on retainer in Manila and two Firms of Solicitors in London, one on the criminal side, the other taking care of the civil law aspects. Should it ever become necessary, the London Team will be bolstered by the addition of at least one QC and several juniors but they would only be needed should an extradition request be made. I commend you read the attached document and you will realise just how easy it is to become unwittingly involved in a legal system that accords very few rights and where those charged have to prove their innocence. Unfortunately this site will not let me upload an 83Kb PDF, so you'll have to download it from here.