Philippines' top court frees ex-president Arroyo after five years

July 19, 2016 6:59 AM

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Philippines' top court frees ex-president Arroyo after five years

MANILA The Philippines' Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plunder case against influential former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and ordered her immediate release after five years under hospital arrest.

The diminutive Arroyo, 69, was leader of the archipelago nation from 2001 to 2010 but her presidency was plagued by allegations of corruption and vested interests.

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