Gloria Macapagal Arroyo arrested for fraud
Former Philippine President Gloria Arroyo has been arrested on charges of election fraud.
Mrs Arroyo was arrested on her hospital bed in the capital Manila, accused of cheating to win a seat in the Senate for one of her supporters during the 2007 election.
Mrs Arroyo has been fighting a legal battle to be allowed to leave the country to receive medical treatment.
She denies any wrongdoing and her lawyer says the charges are fabricated.
Ferdinand Topacio said the government had filed charges with “indecent haste” in what he called an “emerging pattern of persecution”.
A Philippine court had issued an arrest warrant after the Election Commission filed charges against her. [read more…]