Court convicts Maute member for rebellion, crime against humanity

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 15) — A local court on Friday convicted a Maute Group member of rebellion and crimes against humanity committed during the Marawi siege last year.

The Taguig Regional Trial Court Branch 70 sentenced Junaid Awal to up to 40 years in prison and ordered him to pay at least P500,000 in fines.

The court found Awal guilty of violating Article 134 of the Revised Penal Code and Republic Act No. 9851 or "The Philippine Act on Crimes against International Humanitarian Law, Genocide, and Other Crimes Against Humanity."

Acting Presiding Judge Felix Reyes, found that Awal "willfully, unlawfully and feloniously helped" and supported the uprising of the terror group which has pledged allegiance to the dreaded ISIS.

"Rebellion under Article 134 of the Revised Penal Code is committed by rising publicly and taking arms against the Government for the purpose of removing from the allegiance to said Government or its laws, the territory ofthe Republic of the Philippines or any part thereof, or any body of land, naval, or other armed forces or depriving the Chief Executive or the Legislature, wholly or partially, of any of their powers or prerogatives," the decision read.

The bandit was also found guilty of making a female minor his sex slave during the May 2017 siege.

More than 900 terrorists, 47 civilians and 165 government troops were killed during the siege. Some 300,000 residents were displaced as houses and buildings were turned to rubble.