Fiancé of murdered Filipino trans woman ‘rushed to hospital’

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The German fiancé of a transgender woman who was murdered in the Philippines has reportedly been rushed to hospital.

Marc Sueselbeck is the fiancé of Jennifer Laude, who was found strangled in a hotel room earlier this month, with her head in a toilet bowl.

US Marine  Joseph Scott Pemberton – one of hundreds of US marines in the area for a training exercise – was formally charged last week with the woman’s murder, and is currently in joint Philippine-US custody on a military base.

Mr Sueselbeck, who travelled to the Philippines after the murder to campaign for justice on behalf of his girlfriend, was to face a deportation hearing after he jumped a fence at the military base in order to try and confront Mr Pemberton.

However, he was rushed to hospital this evening, soon after being prevented leaving the country aboard a flight at Ninoy Aquino International Airport because of the ongoing proceedings.

According to the GMA, he lost consciousness at the airport and was rushed by ambulance to the Makati Medical Center.

The country’s Justice Secretary Leila de Lima told the Inquirer that he will proceed with plans to deport Sueselbeck and ban him from the Philippines, having filed “charges of undesirability”.

He said: “Sueselbeck is now [on the] BI watchlist. He will not be arrested, but he will be given copy of the charge sheet and will be prevented from leaving [the Philippines] on account of such charge.”