Ex-policeman Rizal Alih is dead

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Former policeman Rizal Alih, 70, has died on Friday at Camp Crame after complaining of difficulty in breathing. Muslims have flocked to Alih’s house in Zamboanga City to pay their last respect. Alih was accused of killing Brig. Gen. Eduardo Batalla and his aide Col. Romeo Abendan after a three-day hostage-drama inside a police camp in Zamboanga City in January 1989. Alih escaped to Sabah after the siege, but was arrested there in 1994 for illegal possession of weapons and munitions. A Malaysian court sentenced him 12 years in jail for possession of four rifles, and five years for possession of 1,271 bullets and 43 magazines. He was handed over to the Philippine authorities in 2006.

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