Ombudsman junks charges vs. De Lima for allegedly aiding terrorists

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 5) — The Office of the Ombudsman dismissed a complaint against detained Senator Leila de Lima claiming she conspired with Muslim officials to free members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) from jail.

In a resolution dated December 13, 2017 and released to the media on February 5, the Office of the Ombudsman found no probable cause to indict de Lima for violating Republic Act 10168 or the Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act, Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, and other administrative charges.

Sulu Vice Governor Abdusakur Tan Sr., former National Commission on Muslim Filipinos commissioners Mehol Sadain and Edil Baddiri, and private respondent Wendell Sotto were also cleared of the graft and terror charges.

The decision stemmed from a complaint filed by Sulu politician and activist Temogen Tulawie in November 2016.

He accused de Lima and the four other respondents of aiding and protecting Mohammad Sami Said, Jul Ahmad Ahadi, and Robin Sahiyal, who were identified as ASG members in the complaint.

The three were among 18 kidnapping suspects were released due to lack of evidence in 2013 by then Justice Secretary De Lima.