Criminal raps filed vs. Misuari

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ZAMBOANGA: The police on Thursday filed charges of rebellion and crimes against humanity against Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader Nur Misuari for a deadly guerrilla attack in this city.

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Police filed the complaint against Misuari and his followers before the City Prosecutor’s Office as state troopers continue to clear several barangays where clashes occurred, leaving 200 people dead.

“We have gathered affidavits linking Misuari to the said attack,” Senior Superintendent Edgar Danao said.

Misuari is accused of sending his armed followers to
Zamboanga on September 9 to try to block a proposed peace deal between the government and a rival Muslim rebel group.

The incursion sparked three weeks of street battles with elite military forces that forced more than 100,000 people to flee their homes.

The government accused the gunmen of taking civilian hostages and setting fire to more than 10,000 homes.

It declared the rebel action crushed on Saturday with the release of the last of 195 hostages.

Apart from at least 189 guerrillas killed, the campaign also left at least 23 soldiers and police and 12 civilians dead.
Misuari, 71, is believed to have gone into hiding.

Police have so far filed complaints for rebellion and other criminal cases against 224 MNLF leaders and followers, most of them now detained, said regional police spokesman Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca.

State prosecutors will evaluate the evidence submitted by police, then decide whether to bring charges in court. Rebellion is punishable by life imprisonment.

AFP

Criminal raps filed vs. Misuari

ZAMBOANGA: The police on Thursday filed charges of rebellion and crimes against humanity against Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader Nur Misuari for a deadly guerrilla attack in this city.

Police filed the complaint against Misuari and his followers before the City Prosecutor’s Office as state troopers continue to clear several barangays where clashes occurred, leaving 200 people dead.

“We have gathered affidavits linking Misuari to the said attack,” Senior Superintendent Edgar Danao said.

Misuari is accused of sending his armed followers to Zam­boanga on September 9 to try to block a proposed peace deal between the government and a rival Muslim rebel group.

The incursion sparked three weeks of street battles with elite military forces that forced more than 100,000 people to flee their homes.

The government accused the gunmen of taking civilian hostages and setting fire to more than 10,000 homes.

It declared the rebel action crushed on Saturday with the release of the last of 195 hostages.

Apart from at least 189 guerrillas killed, the campaign also left at least 23 soldiers and police and 12 civilians dead.

Misuari, 71, is believed to have gone into hiding.

Police have so far filed complaints for rebellion and other criminal cases against 224 MNLF leaders and followers, most of them now detained, said regional police spokesman Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca.

State prosecutors will evaluate the evidence submitted by police, then decide whether to bring charges in court. Rebellion is punishable by life imprisonment.

AFP

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  1. The government can’t charge any of the MNLF accused with treason. One of element of treason is war. What they will be charged with is rebellion as defined in Philippine Revised Penal Code Title Three,CRIMES AGAINST PUBLIC ORDER, Chapter One, REBELLION, SEDITION AND DISLOYALTY, Art. 134. ” Rebellion or insurrection; How committed- The crime of rebellion or insurrection is committed by rising publicly and taking arms against the Government for the purpose of removing from the allegiance to said Government or its laws, the territory of the Philippine Islands or any part thereof, of any body of land, naval or other armed forces, depriving the Chief Executive or the Legislature, wholly or partially, of any of their powers or prerogatives. (As amended by R.A. 6968).” If convicted on one charge of rebellion, it is reclusion perpetua. Another Act of Nur Misuari was an act of sedition Article 139- “prevent the National Government, or any provincial or municipal government or any public officer thereof from freely exercising its or his functions, or prevent the execution of any administrative order.” Hopefully, this charge will be added to the rebellion charge.