|Published : 20 Sep 2016, 23:49:30|
Filipino DOJ chief says
Rest of hacked BD money has to be located first
The rest of the $81-million funds stolen by hackers from the Bangladesh government has to be located first before another claim case can be filed in court, the Philippines' Inquirer has reported in its online news portal.
Department of Justice's (DOJ) Chief Legal Counsel Ricardo Paras III on Tuesday explained that they represented the Bangladesh government in court only for the $15 million which was a portion of the $81 million because the amount was readily available, the report said.
"Since what was available was the $15 million which is kept in the vault [of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas], that is where we could assist them," it quoted Paras as saying.
He was also quoted as saying: "On whom the case will be filed for the remainder [of the $81-million], I am not privy to that."
Recently, the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 53 has ordered the release of the $15 million on behalf of the Bangladesh government, it mentioned.