4 suspects in kidnapping of 2 priests, nurse nabbed PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 10:58

Government forces on Monday arrested four suspected kidnappers involved in the kidnapping of two foreigner priests and a female resident of Manicahan.

Arrested were Muktar Adil Ahmin alias Ogis/Putot Jakaria who has a pending warrant of arrest for slight illegal detention with robbery and kidnapping and serious illegal detention, Nader Sajidol Alan of Patalon, Nadjal Esmola Jael of Mariki and Shadat Amilhamja.

Jakaria’s warrant is registered under Case Nos. 1-3832 and I-3833 and was issued by Judge Reuben Maraon of the Regional Trial Court Bbranch 24 in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.

City Police Director Sr. Supt. Edwin De Ocampo said the four were arrested around 4:30 p.m. at a food court in one of the shopping malls in downtown Zamboanga City.

De Ocampo said Jakaria was positively identified as a member of the kidnap-for-ransom-group (KFRG), citing the latter has standing warrants of arrest for kidnapping with serious illegal detention and slight illegal detention with robbery.

Police said that Jakaria was involved in the kidnapping of Italian priest Fr. Giancarlo Bossi, Irish priest Fr. Michael Sinnott and Zamboangueña nurse Maricris Cuartocruz.

Bossi of the Pontificio Istituto Missioni Estere (PIME) was kidnapped in June 2007 in Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay and was freed the following month of the same year.

Sinnott of the Society of Saint Columban was kidnapped in October of 2009 in Pagadian City. He was freed a month later of the same year.

Cuartocruz was seized in December 2010 from her residence in Barangay Manicahan, this city, and was freed in February of 2011.

De Ocampo said Jakaria’s companions were placed under investigation to determine whether or not they have participation in previous incidents of kidnappings. — Dan Toribio Jr.