Akbar family files certiorari petition PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 November 2011 17:07

The family of the late Basilan Congressman Wahab Akbar has filed before the Court of Appeals (CA)  a petition for certiorari seeking a review of the Department of Justice (DOJ) decision absolving some of the suspects in the killing of Akbar.

Akbar and five others died while 12 others were injured when a powerful bomb exploded around 8:15 p.m. of        November 13, 2007 at the south wing of the Batasan Pambansa building in Quezon City.

Akbar was then serving his first term in the House of Representatives after he won in the elections in May of 2007 when he was killed in the bomb attack.

The petition was filed last week before the CA by the family of Akbar, through their legal counsels Atty. Sigfrid Fortun and Atty. Quirino Esguerra, Jr.

This came after Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila De Lima recently announced that three of the bombing suspects were absolved from the case at bar.

Absolved from the multiple murder and multiple frustrated murder cases were former Partlist Rep. Mujiv Hataman, Basilan Congressman Hadjiman Hatalam-Salliman and
Julham Kunam.

Esguerra said the family of Akbar filed the petition since they were not contented or satisfied with the decision of the DOJ.

Named respondent in the petition are De Lima, Hataman, Salliman and Kunam.

Last Sunday, the Akbar family comemorated his fourth death anniversary through community outreach programs including a free viewing of the Paquiao-Marquez fight at the provincial capitol gymnasium.

The Akbar family expressed high hope that justice could be given to the death of their congressman and that the CA will listen to their plea.