[Press Release] TFDP calls for an immediate resolution of the Habeas Corpus petition of a torture victim – TFDP

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) is alarmed over the continued detention of Abdulkhan Balinting Ajid, a torture victim presently detained “for safekeeping purposes.” This was according to an order by Judge Leo Principe of the Regional Trial Court (RTC), Branch 1 of Isabela City, Basilan when Ajid’s captors surfaced him on July 27, 2011.

The hearing of the Writ of Habeas Corpus and determination of the legality of the arrest of the military ended last September 2011 and both parties already submitted their offer of evidence.  Until now, however, the court has yet to decide on the petition. And all the while, Ajid’s right to liberty is being curtailed without a case filed against him.

On July 23, 2011 at about 5:30 in the morning, Ajid was forcibly taken from his residence in Barangay Libug, Sumisip, Basilan Province by members of 39th Scout Rangers under Operation Task Force Basilan (SOTF-B). Ajid narrated how his captors made him suffer.  Gasoline was poured on his body and he was set on fire. A bottle was also inserted in his anus. His head was wrapped with a plastic bag and he was strangled. He was subjected to intense tactical interrogation and was forced to admit that he is Kanneh Malikil, the subject of the arrest warrant.
The continued detention of Ajid, while the Judge has yet to decide on the petition for writ is a violation of the Ajid’s human rights. The victim has suffered a lot of trauma, especially since he should be recuperating from the torture he was made to suffer.

TFDP urges Judge Principe to immediately decide on the habeas corpus petition in order for Ajid to be released from detention the soonest possible time.###

For more details please contact:

RITA MULATO MELECIO
Mindanao Team Leader
Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP)
# 214, Earth St., GSIS Heights, Matina, Davao City

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