DOJ files 295 counts of inciting to rebellion vs. alleged ISIS recruiter

enablePagination: false
maxItemsPerPage: 10
maxPaginationLinks: 10

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 13) — The Justice Department on Wednesday filed 295 counts of inciting to rebellion against alleged Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) recruiter Karen Hamidon.

The National Bureau of Investigation Counter-Terrorism Division (NBI CTD) said Hamidon used online messaging applications such as Telegram to encourage foreigners to go to the Philippines and join the Maute group in Marawi.

The NBI added Hamidon has been a person of interest since mid-2016 "when she gained international notoriety for successfully recruiting several Indian nationals to join (ISIS)."

"The Indian Government formally requested for investigative assistance pertaining to respondent," the resolution said.


Hamidon, in early November, denied she had links to the Maute group or the Marawi crisis.

"All of the accusations hurled against me are all false," Hamidon insisted at the preliminary investigation on the allegations against her.

READ: Alleged ISIS recruiter: Charges against me are not true

Aside from allegedly recruiting terrorists, the NBI said Hamidon is also the widow of Mohammad Jaafar Maguid, also known as "Tokboy" or "Abu Sharifa," the former leader of the Ansar Khalifa Philippines (AKP) or Ansar Al-Khilafa Philippines (supporters of the Caliphate in the Philippines).

Authorities said Maguid's group planted an improvised explosive device at a Christmas display in Kiamba Municipal Hall last December.

READ: 'Most wanted' leader of ISIS-linked group killed in Sarangani