2 suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits face illegal explosive raps

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/04 July) – The Department of Justice filed criminal charges on Thursday against two suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits who were arrested recently in this city, the police reported Friday.

Chief Insp. Ariel Huesca, Zamboanga City police spokesman, said Jimmy Nurilla and Bakrin Haris were charged with illegal possession of explosives after the inquest prosecutor found probable cause against them.

Combined police and military operatives arrested the two suspects in Barangay Sangali, this city and an MK2 and an M67 fragmentation grenades and documents were reportedly seized from them.

Huesca said illegal possession of explosive is penalized under Section 3 of Presidential Decree 1866 as amended by Section 1 of Republic Act 9516.

He said no bail was recommended for the suspects.

He said the suspects were detained at the Zamboanga City Reformatory Center as ordered by Regional Trial Court Branch 12 Judge Gregorio Dela Peña III.

The two accused were also implicated in the kidnappings of Australian national and a Filipina-American, her son, and cousin in 2011.

Retired Australian serviceman Warren Rodwell was kidnapped in December 2011 in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay. He was taken to Basilan province and was freed 15 months later.

Filipina-American Gerfa Yeatts Lunsmann, her son, Kevin Erick, and cousin, Romnick Jackaria, were kidnapped in July 2011 in this city.

The elder Lunsmann was released in October 2011 in Basilan. Months later Jackaria and Kevin Erick escaped one after the other, also in Basilan. (MindaNews)