2 nabbed in Saudi cleric slay attempt face charges PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 March 2016 13:23

By DAN TORIBIO JR.

 

Police on Thursday recommended to the city prosecutor office cases of murder and attempted murder against two suspects nabbed minutes after the assassination attempt on a prominent Saudi cleric at the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) campus last Tuesday night.

A police report disclosed that after gathering evidences and statements from witnesses, investigators came up with the two cases against Junaide Cadir y Saleh, 36, of Taguiti and Mujer Abubakar y Amilasan, 31, of Sta. Barbara. Both availed of a 15-day waiver for further investigation and were detained again at the police station.

Cadir and Abubakar were arrested minutes after their alleged cohort Misuari Rugasan III, an engineering student, shot Dr. Aidh Al-qarni, international lecturer and a renowned author and Sheikh Turki Assaegh, religious attaché of Royal Embassy.

The two Saudis were already aboard their service vehicle ready to leave after the cleric spoke in a symposium attended some 8,000 Muslim students and visitors when Misuari opened fire on the vehicle’s glass windows.

Misuari was shot dead by security escorts of the two Saudi VIPs.

Classmates and professors of Misuari Rugasan at WMSU’s College of Engineering and Technology were shocked after learned he was gunman in the assassination attempt against Quarni.

ABS CBN News quoted some of his classmate as saying Rugasan was “quiet and prayerful, and did not cause any trouble at school.”

“Tahimik lang, pati di naman siya nagkukuwento about sa pamilya niya,” his classmate “Totoh” told ABS-CBN News. “Pagkatapos ng klase, mag-pray siya.”

Rugasan’s professors also said it was never in his nature to be violent. They also never saw him bringing a gun.

 

“Nagulat ako... Hindi ko naman naisip na magawa niya yun,” said Professor Oscar Alburo. “Typical student... Palagi yung present, hindi mag-absent.”

“Hindi troublemaker,” he added. “Accordingly, dito lang yan, naglalaro lang yan ng chess during his vacant time.”

Rugasan was a member of the university’s Muslim Student Association, but some MSA officials said he did not actively participate in the group’s activities.

Police said Rugasan’s mother is already dead while his father has a new family. His education was supported by his aunt.

The management of WMSU, meanwhile, denied having security lapses, saying they frisked all those who attended the symposium and also inspected their bags.

“In Zamboanga City, security is always a concern. And in accordance with that, in the WMSU, we are very, very strict about that. As a matter of fact, there are even officials of the university who, when they are not recognized by the guards, will not be allowed to get inside,” WMSU spokesperson Atty. Ed Sanson said.

Sanson nonetheless said they will review their security protocol to prevent any similar incident in the future. — Dan Toribio Jr. with report from ABS CBN News