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Sulu congresswoman charged over 2009 bombing

By Julie Alipala
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 15:33:00 09/17/2010

Filed Under: Acts of terror, Crime, Politics

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines ? Sulu Representative Nur-Ana Sahidulla has been charged in connection with a 2009 attempt to assassinate Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan, the police said.

Senior Superintendent Edwin Diocos, chief of the police?s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Western Mindanao, said Sahidulla?s inclusion on the charge sheet related to the May 13, 2009 blast outside the Sulu provincial capitol in Patikul town was based on the testimony of a witness.

Tan?s convoy barely missed the explosion, which took place while Sahidulla was vice governor.

A suspect identified as Abner Tahil was later arrested and has been helping authorities identify the masterminds of the bombing, Diocos said.

?Tahil identified Sahidulla as one of those involved in the planning stage,? he said.
Mayor Wahid Sahidulla of the town of Tongkil said his wife was a victim of political harassment.

He said his wife and Tan had a falling out when the Sahidulla family supported former Representative Munir Arbison in last May?s gubernatorial election. Tan defeated Arbison.

Diocos clarified that the Sulu lawmaker was not being arrested yet.

?Congresswoman Sahidulla is not yet included in the arrest warrant but a subpoena has already been sent to her. As part of the procedure, she was given 10 days to explain. After that, the court decides whether or not an arrest warrant will be issued,? he said.

Aside from Sahidulla, several others were also charged for the May 2009 blast.
They were Temojen ?Cocoy? Tulawie, local coordinator of the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society; Abner Tahil, Muammar Askali, Sulayman Mohammad Muin and Johan Albani Alihuddin.



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