Ex-AIM prof found guilty of ‘simple misconduct’


GUILTY. Romulo Neri. AFP file photo

The Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed an earlier ruling against former Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Romulo Neri that declared him guilty of misconduct in connection with the aborted $329-million national broadband network deal with ZTE Corp of China. The court downgraded Neri’s case from misconduct to simple misconduct. It also ruled that the former Asian Institute of Management economics professor was not liable for any corruption charges and was directed to pay a fine equivalent to his salary for 6 months. The NBN-ZTE deal was one of the biggest corruption scandals to hit the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

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