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(UPDATE) Misuari allowed to post bail--DoJ

By Tetch Torres
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 15:05:00 04/25/2008

Filed Under: Judiciary (system of justice), rebellion

MANILA, Philippines -- Nur Misuari, former governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, has been allowed to post bail by a local court, the Department of Justice (DoJ) said.

Judge Winluv Dimayas of Branch 59 of the Makati City regional trial court gave the order in accordance with the instructions of the Cabinet security cluster, the DoJ said.

Misuari has been charged with rebellion for leading a shortlived uprising in Sulu in 2001.

His lawyer, Salvador Panelo, said the grant of bail to Misuari showed the government?s case is weak.

"We are glad that the court reconsidered its decision," Panelo said.

Early this year, Dumayas allowed Misuari's seven co-accused to post bail.

Misuari filed a motion for reconsideration pointing out that the case clearly stated that all the accused conspired to commit rebellion.

"The court granted them bail because the evidence against them is weak. If the evidence is weak against one, basically the evidence is weak against all of the accused," Panelo said.

He noted that they were able to prove during one of the hearings that the two witnesses who identified Misuari as the head of the bloody 2001 uprising in Mindanao that killed 100 people were fake.

"We were able to establish that these two witnesses were fake? members of the Moro National Liberation Front, Panelo said.

The Makati City Court ordered Misuari and his co-accused to post P50,000 bail each. Panelo said they will post bail on Monday.



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