Nur Misuari’s acquittal from siege raps seen PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 11:45

By VIC LARATO

The possibility of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founder Nur Misuari’s acquittal from rebellion and International Humanitarian Law (IHL) charges is not remote if President Duterte so orders and the witnesses will not anymore testify in the reinvestigation of the cases in connection with the Zamboanga siege in September 2013.

This developed after President Duterte had announced that he would appoint Misuari to be the government’s special peace negotiator with the MNLF and that he was willing to go to Jolo anytime soon to meet with the MNLF leader.

“It is not a good sign for our cases. The prosecution of our cases is under the Department of Justice (DOJ) and we take our orders from DOJ,” City Legal Officer Jesus C. Carbon Jr. said of the planned Duterte-Misuari meeting probably next month.

Carbon said the cases against Misuari might be dissolved if the witnesses will not testify anymore during the reinvestigation.

“It might open to the dropping of Misuari from the cases, because he was not physically present during the siege. The evidence against him is by virtue of conspiracy, which should be established beyond reasonable doubt,” the city legal officer said during Monday’s press briefing in City Hall.

“It’s not easy to prove conspiracy,” he noted.

Nevertheless, Carbon said he was considering of meeting with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre to inform him about the pending charges that the city of Zamboanga has filed against Misuari and his loyal followers.

These charges remain pending with the Regional Trial Court in Pasig City for almost three years now. The Pasig judge has set another hearing on the cases on August 9, 10 and 11.— Vic Larato