The Philippines former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is released from hospital arrest after plunder charges are dismissed.
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was released from her hospital arrest on Thursday (July 21), two days after the Supreme Court dismissed a plunder case and ordered her immediate release. The Supreme court on Tuesday (July 19) dismissed a plunder complaint due to the lack of sufficient evidence against Arroyo in connection with 366 million pesos ($7.82 million) in state lottery funds, some of which had been allocated for intelligence gathering. Amateur video shows Arroyo being greeted by hospital staff and later being driven away from the compound. 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. Despite her detention, a spinal condition and legal cases against her, Arroyo remains an influential figure in national politics. She was re-elected to congress in May for a third successive term, despite not attending any house sessions. Arroyo still faces an investigation into allegations she took kickbacks over a $329 million broadband Internet deal with China's ZTE Corp in 2007, which fell through a year later. She denies all charges and has posted bail.