Nine Filipinos sentenced to death over 2013 Sabah standoff Print
Saturday, 10 June 2017 16:16

By ROY RAMOS

The Malaysian Court of Appeals on Thursday sentenced nine Filipinos and acquitted 13 others over the 2013 Sabah standoff.

“The Court of Appeal affirmed the decision of the High Court acquitting 13 Filipinos of various crimes related to treason and terrorism,” according to a statement issued by the country’s Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) as quoted by GMA News. “However, the Court of Appeal also affirmed the decision of the High Court convicting nine Filipinos of the crime of waging war against the king,” the statement added.

However, the Court of Appeal’s decision is not yet final as it is still yet to be heard by the Federal Court of Malaysia “under automatic appeal,” the statement added.

The DFA said it extended legal and other forms of assistance to all the defendants and will continue to do so as the case progresses.

The following are the nine sentenced Filipinos, according to Bernama, the national news agency of Malaysia: Datu Amirbahar Hushin Kiram, 54, son of the late self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu Jamalul Kiram; Julham Rashid, 70; Virgilio Nemar Patulada alias Mohammad Alam Patulada, 53;Salib Akhmad Emali, 64;Tani Lahad Dahi, 64;Basad Manuel, 42; Atik Hussin Abu Bakar, 46; Al Wazir Osman, 62;and Ismail Yasin, 77.

The nine Filipinos were involved in the 2013standoff wherein hundreds of militants from Tawi-Tawi,calling themselves”Royal Security Forces of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo”arrived in Lahad Datu in Sabah, Malaysia. The group was sent by Jamalul Kiram III, one of the claimants to the throne of the Sultanate of Sulu who also claimed historical dominion over Sabah. 72 people, mostly militants, were killed during the standoff. (Roy Ramos)