(From AFP)

The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a long-running corruption case against jailed former president Gloria Arroyo and ordered her immediate release after almost five years in detention.

Gloria Arroyo was accused of stealing $8.8 mn in state lottery funds meant for charity programs while she was in office

The 69-year-old, who was in office from 2001-2010, could be freed later Tuesday from the Manila government hospital where she has been held since her November 2011 arrest, her lawyers said.

The case against Arroyo and a co-defendant was dismissed “for insufficiency of evidence”, Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te told reporters.

Arroyo was accused of stealing 366 million pesos ($8.8 million) in state lottery funds meant for charity programs while she was in office. Read More

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