PRO-9 turns over minors to MILF PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 03 March 2017 11:17

The Police Regional Office-9 has turned over two children of a kidnap suspect to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front at the Police Regional Office-9 Headquarters in Camp Abendan Mercedes Thursday morning.

The suspect, Yasin Karim aka Imam Yasin, was killed in an encounter with authorities last March 1 in Alicia, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Karim was also a suspected kidnap for ransom group leader and extortionist operating in Zamboanga Sibugay.

Karim’s two minor children were arrested during the encounter.

The minors, identified as Mohammad Abdul Karim and Murad Mohammad, were turned over by PRO-9 Regional Director Chief Supt Billy Beltran to MILF Consultant Malik Caril Thursday morning at the PRO-9 headquarters.

The turnover was witnessed by the International Monitoring Team and the Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities and Ad Hoc Joint Action Group.

In an interview, Caril said that Karim is a legitimate member of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces, a guerilla unit of the MILF who may have been involved in criminal activities.

His involvement however in kidnap for ransom and extortion activities have yet to be established by the MILF.

The turnover is a sign of goodwill in relation to the peace talks between the government and the MILF. (Liza Jocson)