Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Sulu Governor files charges vs. suspected bombers

Sulu Governor Sakur Tan (right) signs Wednesday, June 10, 2009 a formal complaint-affidavit against three people accused as behind the May 13 bombing of his convoy outside the Provincial Capitol in Patikul town that nearly killed him. Ten people were also wounded in the attack. Also in the photo is 1st Assistant City Prosecutor Bienvenido Orillo. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / June 10, 2009) – Sulu Governor Sakur Tan on Tuesday filed charges against three people accused as behind the May 13 bombing that nearly killed him and wounded ten people in the town of Patikul.

Police have captured two suspected terrorists Juhan Alimuddin and Sulayman Muin who implicated in the failed assassination of Tan.

The two men told police that Temogen Tulawie, a known activist and a defeated congressional candidate in the 2007 elections, allegedly ordered the attack. Tulawie could not be reached to comment on the allegations of the two men against him.

“In the aforementioned extrajudicial confessions, said two arrested persons have voluntarily confessed their actual participation in the assassination attempt on my person upon order of Temogen Tulawie a.k.a. “Cocoy Tulawie.”

“They have narrated every detail of the assassination plot and the actual participation of said Cocoy Tulawie who planned and provided them with the improvised explosive device which they attached to the motorcycle and which exploded,” Tan said in his complaint-affidavit.
Assistant City Prosecutor Bienvenido Orillo received the complaint.

Police said Alimuddin and Muin were tagged as among those who bombed Tan’s convoy. Tan survived the assassination attempt, but a town mayor, Hatta Berto, of Pandami, and nine others were injured in the road bombing.

Tan just came from his office and on his way home when a motorcycle bomb exploded near his vehicle. The attack was condemned by many civil groups in Sulu.

Superintendent Muhibuddin Amil Ismail, the Sulu police chief, said a hand grenade, .45-caliber pistol and a .38-revolver were recovered from the Alimuddin and Muin, who are believed to be local members of the Indonesian terror group Jemaah Islamiya.

The capture May 26 of the Alumuddin and Muin came after Police Director General Jesus Verzosa organized the Task Group Elected Government Officials that will pursue the case. (Mindanao Examiner)

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