DOJ probe set vs woman accused of recruiting Maute fighters 

THE Department of Justice (DOJ) will begin on Friday its preliminary investigation on the criminal complaint filed against a woman accused of using social media to recruit foreign fighters for the Maute terrorist group in Marawi City. 

Karen Aizha Hamidon is facing a complaint for inciting to rebellion in relation to Section 6 of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (Republic Act 10175) before the DOJ. She was arrested at her home by the National Bureau of Investigation on October 11. 

Hamidon has been a person of interest to authorities after she recruited several Indian nationals last year to come to the Philippines and join the radical Islamic extremist groups in Mindanao.

She is said to be the wife of Mohammad Jaafar Maguid, also known as Tokboy and Abu Sharifa, the former leader of the Ansar Khalifa Philippines, the group allegedly responsible for the deadly night market attack in Davao City in September 2016.

Maguid was killed by the police early this year in Sarangani province. (YJG/SunStar Philippines) 

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