Suspended CA senator’s lawyer questions ethics behind corruption case

By Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

March 31, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Suspended State Sen. Leland Yee did not enter a plea this morning when he appeared in front of a federal court.

Yee is facing corruption and weapons charges in connection to an illegal arms deal from the Philippines.

Yee reportedly did not speak while his attorneys discussed the terms of his $500,000 unsecured bond that allowed him to go home after being arrested by the FBI last Wednesday.

Yee’s attorney, Paul Demeester, addressed the media and asked why this investigation took three years.

“This raises a question of fairness to Leland Yee, fairness to the public,” Demeester said. “And it also raises a question of whether they did nothing, if the government did nothing. That they had a case they could make towards the end.”

Balitang America looked further into Yee’s indictment. When the undercover agent reportedly asked him if the arms could be shipped to the US directly, Yee allegedly said it would be easier if the weapons were picked up from the Philippines.

Yee also reportedly told the agent that the initial purchase of $2 million worth of weapons was a lot of money. He was quoted as saying, “We can’t catch attention to any of this stuff.”

The affidavit reports that Yee’s liaison to the weapons dealer in the Philippines is a Filipino dentist named Dr. Wilson S. Lim.

Lim was arrested in the FBI raids connected to the Yee investigation. He’s since been released on $50,000 bond.

Meantime, Yee is due back in court on April 8.

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  • JRB
    31 March 2014 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    Better watch him, he might kill himself, At $500,000.00 bond if the court let him have will be $50,000.00 for him to get out and go home for a little while ? Then he will get lock-up for 30 years, he will be a very old men when he comes out of jail.

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