The Philippine Supreme Court dismissed plunder charges against former president Gloria Arroyo on Tuesday for insufficient evidence, and ordered her immediate release.
The court voted 11-4 to granted her petition to throw out the charges of allegedly misusing state funds worth 366 million pesos (7.8 million dollars) during 2008-10.
Arroyo, 69, has been detained in a government-run hospital since 2011, initially for electoral fraud charges, which were eventually dismissed. The plunder charges were filed against her in 2012.
Raul Lambino, a lawyer for Arroyo, said the plunder case was the only remaining criminal charge against the former president.
“We hope that by today ... the (former) president will be able to go home to her residence,” he said.
Arroyo's husband Jose Miguel also welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision, saying, “Thank God. They took away six years of her life – an innocent woman. We’re very happy.”