Palace wants Misuari's trial to be transferred to Metro Manila-A A +A
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
MALACANANG said Wednesday it favors the plan of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to move the trial to Metro Manila from Zamboanga City of Nur Misuari, leader of a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) that stormed the southern city.
Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda made the statement after charges of rebellion and violation of the international humanitarian law were filed against Misuari and his followers involved in the three-week long crisis before the Zamboanga City Regional Trial Court, which also issued arrest warrants against them.
"We recognize that the jurisdiction of a criminal case is territorial also where the crime was committed. That's why we have to ask the Supreme Court for a petition for a change of venue," he said when asked if the Palace supports De Lima's move to transfer Misuari's trial in Metro Manila.
He said that Misuari's "security" was one of the considerations for transferring the trial in the National Capital Region.
Government forces are now trying to locate Misuari who never came out since he allegedly ordered the Zamboanga siege that started on September 9 and ended after 20 days following the release of all the hostages by the MNLF members.
About 200 people, mostly Misuari's followers, were killed and more than 9,000 houses in at least five villages in Zamboanga City were burned during the three-week crisis. (SDR/Sunnex)