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Philippines judge suspended over search warrant allegations

The Supreme Court Of The Philippines has suspended regional trial court judge Zaldy Docena for six months and ordered an investigation into allegations he indiscriminately issued search warrants.

Docena was the Malabon City judge who authorized police to raid the offices of Bodog Asia in November of 2013 based on the false testimony of Jan Robert Gustafsson. The Swede had alleged that the firm for which he worked had illegally accepted wagers from residents of The Philippines and this initial search was followed by similar actions against other online gambling operators including the likes of William Hill and Kambi Sports Solutions.

According to a report in the Manila Bulletin, the Office Of The Court Administrator conducted a spot audit of Docena’s offices last year and r…