MILF demands due process, won’t surrender member allegedy involved in death of 19 soldiers in Basilan

GMA News Online reports that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) "rejected calls from government to surrender MILF deputy commander Dan Laksaw Asnawi and his men, who allegedly killed 19 soldiers in a clash in Basilan on October 18.

GMA News Online reports that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) "rejected calls from government to surrender MILF deputy commander Dan Laksaw Asnawi and his men, who allegedly killed 19 soldiers in a clash in Basilan on October 18.

MILF vice chairman for political affairs Ghadzali Jaafar told reporters: "We cannot surrender him. Asnawi is accused of something criminal he did in the past. In the principle of justice, it means that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty. That means that there must be due process."

 

According to the GMA News Online, Asnawi is also wanted for his alleged involvement in the beheading of Marines in 2007.

 

Jaafar questioned government's motive in "forcing the issue,"  pointing out "the lack of a court decision on Asnawi’s case." He added that the MILF will cooperate with the government "once the guilt of Asnawi and his men has been established."

 

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