News Follow-up on 2002 Beheading and Kidnap of Jehovah's Witnesses.

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  • Balaamsass

    Witnesses fail to identify Abu Sayyaf suspects

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    4:41 am | Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

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    Suspected Abu Sayyaf terrorists wrongly arrested for the 2002 abduction of several Jehovah’s Witnesses in Patikul, Sulu, may be released before the end of the month.

    Twenty-one accused claiming innocence were presented at a hearing on the reinvestigation of the kidnap-for-ransom case conducted by the Department of Justice on Monday, but eight of them were pointed to by two witnesses—one of them a former hostage—as being members of the terror group.

    It was the third reinvestigation of the Aug. 20, 2002, abduction of four women and two men who were members of the religious group in Patikul.

    The two men were beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf while the women were rescued by police and the military.

    At the start of the hearing, Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Peter Ong said it was the prosecutors themselves who pushed for the reinvestigation.

    “We noticed, for instance, two persons being arrested under one name and we noticed an injustice there,” said Ong, adding that the Pasig RTC ordered them to conduct the reinvestigation in 60 days.

    All 21 Abu Sayyaf members who were handcuffed were made to line up for identification in batches to face two of the three witnesses who were brought in, their faces concealed.

    Of the 21, the eight who were pointed to by two witnesses denied the accusation.

    One of the eight, Julhassan A. Jaani Ybanez, was identified by the female witness as the one who beheaded her husband.

    But Ybanez denied this, saying he was an imam (Muslim leader) and an assistant of Col. Akho San Juan, the military chaplain of the Western Mindanao Command. He said he was arrested in 2006. Christine O. Avendaño

    Does anyone remember the back story? Where they in service? Meeting?

  • loading

    I guess we won't be hearing about how God answered their prayers in next weeks watchtower.

  • PaintedToeNail

    They went into dangerous territory by boat if I remember right, and tried to pass themselves off as Avon reps in order to preach the word. The local Muslims were not duped and the group was kidnapped, and then several were beheaded.

  • ziddina
    "...and tried to pass themselves off as Avon reps in order to preach the word. ..."

    If that's the case, Painted ToeNail, then I'd say that "Theocratic Warfare" sure backfired...

  • likeabird

    They seem to have missed that experience in WTLibrary and the 2003 yearbook dealing with the Philippines...

  • Black Sheep
    Black Sheep

    There were lots of places they could have gone where the locals didn't want to drink homebrew out of their skulls.

    I know some that play this kind of silly game rather than being happy to be ordinary invisible congregation members, then skite about the bad stuff that happened as a result of their stupidity.

  • princecharmant

    And you really believe treating this with levity is right!

    Even if you believe those poor fellows were misguided by your standards, did they deserve to be kidnapped and some beheaded?

    To what extent would some push their callousness, even in the face of such tragic events?

  • Black Sheep
    Black Sheep
    To what extent would some push their callousness, even in the face of such tragic events?

    If you want a lesson in callousness, talk to my family about blood tranfusions, transplants, innoculations etc, where people they know have martyred themselves, or their children, for doctrines that have been discarded.

  • Balaamsass

    Was ANY mention of this EVER made in an official Watchtower publication?

    If not...WHY not?

  • moshe

    The beheadings were probably not mentioned in WT Gilead school either-

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