Prosecutors in MNLF case arrive in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 July 2018 15:44

A panel of prosecutors from the Department Of Justice Manila will arrive in Zamboanga City today to discuss the Rebellion complaint filed by the city government  against the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in connection with the 2013 Zamboanga siege.

Atty. Jesus Carbon, City Legal Officer, said that the prosecutors, who will be headed by  Prosecutor General Richard Anthony D. Fadullon, reportedly initiated the meeting with Zamboanga officials.

The group will conduct meetings with Zamboanga Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco- Salazar and members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod.

These officials will explain how they will go about their plans to prosecute the MNLF case now pending at the Pasig Regional Trial Court Branch 158 being handled by Judge Maria Rowena Modesto-San Pedro.

It will be recalled that 288 MNLF leaders and members, including MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari and MNLF Commander Ustadz Habier Malik, were charged with Rebellion, Genocide, Violation of International Humanitarian Laws and other crimes against Humanity in relation to the 2013 conflict.

Of that number, 278 were detained at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig while the rest were incarcerated at the Zamboanga city jail.

In November 2014, fifty-nine (59) MNLF members were freed after charges against them were dismissed.

In March 2015, another group of 42 MNLF members were set free after rebellion charges against them were dismissed due to insufficient evidence.

The following month, the remaining group of respondents filed a motion for plea bargaining to the lesser offense of sedition, a motion which the Zamboanga government vehemently opposed.

Last May, ninety-six (96) members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) arrived in Zamboanga after Rebellion charges against them were also dismissed by the court.  (RGAAGo with reports from Liza Jocson)