2 newly-captured Maguindanao Massacre suspects to be arraigned tomorrow

The families of the victims of the Maguindanao massacre during a protest vigil. <i>Photo: ABS-CBN News</i>
The families of the victims of the Maguindanao massacre during a protest vigil. Photo: ABS-CBN News

Two newly-captured suspects linked to the 2009 Maguindanao Massacre will be arraigned tomorrow, a month after a majority of their co-accused were convicted of the crime.

Kagi Faizal (AKA Faizal Baga Dimaukom) and Gambayan Kasim (AKA Lori Alip) will be arraigned at the Quezon City Hall of Justice at 9am, as ordered by Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes, GMA News reports. Kasim was arrested on Jan. 9, while Faizal was arrested on Jan. 6.

Judge Solis Reyes also ordered the men to be transferred from Parang Municipal Police Station in Maguindanao to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City, ABS-CBN reports.

Read: Guilty: Court convicts Ampatuan brothers over decade-old Maguindanao massacre

Dimaukom and Kasim were among the 80 Maguindanao Massacre suspects who remained at large even after a court finally rendered a historic verdict in the 10-year-old case last month.

Brothers Datu “Unsay” Andal Jr. and Zaldy Ampatuan, members of a powerful political clan, were finally convicted in December over their roles in the massacre, considered one of the bloodiest instances of election-related violence in recent memory.

The pair were sentenced to life in prison for masterminding the murders of 58 people who were on their way to witness the filing for candidacy of Esmael Mangudadatu, who was planning to run for governor in that year’s election against the incumbent, Unsay. They were convicted alongside scores of others, many of them cops, who worked for the clan as a sort of private army.

Many of the victims were journalists, and at least three of the women were raped and shot at close range. The Ampatuans have filed appeals and are seeking to overturn the verdict.

 


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