Public attorney seeks bail for 38 Kiram followers-A A +A
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
PUBLIC Attorney's Office (PAO) chief Persida Acosta asked the court handling the cases against 38 followers of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III to allow the respondents to post bail for their temporary liberty.
Acosta also asked on Tuesday Judge Peter Eisma of the Tawi Tawi Regional Trial Court branch 5 Judge to order the Department of Justice to re-investigate the cases.
Kiram's followers, who were intercepted by the Philippine Navy in Tawi-Tawi last week, are facing bailable charges of inciting to war, violation of the election gun ban, and illegal possession of firearms.
"We have recommended bail but it depends on the crime and penalty," Prosecutor General Claro Arellano said in a text message.
Kiram's men, who allegedly wanted to escape the ongoing offensive of Malaysian forces in Sabah, are currently detained in the naval facility in Panglima Sugala, Tawi-Tawi.(Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)