Cedric Lee And Zimmer Raz Refuse To Enter PleaBusinessmen Cedric Lee and Zimmer Raz, who were accused in the mauling of Vhong Navarro, refused to enter a guilty or non-guilty plea in the arraignment for their serious illegal detention case.
Because of this, the court decided to enter a "not guilty" plea in behalf of the accused. Others accused of the offense are Deniece Cornejo, Ferdinand Guerrero and Jed Fernandez.
Bernice Lee and JP Calma are also part of the complaint but their names were not included in the warrant of arrest issued by the court.
The arraignment happened at the Taguig Regional Trial Court Branch 271 on April 30. At first, Cedric's and Zimmer's camp wanted to delay the proceedings by filing a motion, but the court decided to go through with it.
Cedric and Zimmer also filed a motion to allow them to post a bail, but the court will decide on this on May 6. Serious illegal detention is a non-bailable offense. Also included in the May 6 hearing is their request to be detained in the NBI facility and not to be transferred at the Taguig City Jail.
The two were arrested in Eastern Samar on April 26. They have been detained in the NBI facility since then. They are due to be transferred to the Taguig City Jail, but the court deferred this.
The legal counsels of the two camps refused to comment on the said issues because the court asked them not to publicize it to the media. This is despite not issuing a gag order.
Vhong was mauled on January 22 inside the condo unit of Deniece in Taguig City. Allegedly, Cedric and his group mauled him because he raped Deniece on January 17 and again, on the 22th.
Vhong denied the rape allegations. The court also, later on, junked the complaint.