Sunday, July 5

Three papers addressed to Sulu gunmen’s leader found, court told

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KOTA KINABALU: The High Court here yesterday heard that three pieces of paper, including a letter from the Malaysia embassy, addressed to the alleged Sulu gunmen’s leader, were among exhibits found throughout Ops Daulat.

Former forensic lab officer ACP Shaikh Abdul Adzis Sh Abdullah told Justice Stephen Chung that the letter titled “cession money to the heirs of the sultan of Sulu for the year 2002”, was addressed to Datu Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram c/o Datu Fuad A. Kiram Argono Antipolo City Metro-Manila and dated on April 16, 2003.

Under examination-in-chief by deputy public prosecutor Mohd Dusuki Mokhtar, the 107th witness testified that the printed form paper’s letterhead was “Kedutaan Besar Malaysia” with an address 107, Tordesillas Street Salcedo Village, P.O Box 2948 (MCPO), Makati City, Philippines.

To a question by Mohd Dusuki, the witness testified that the other document bore letterhead of His Royal Highness Paduka Mahashari Maulana Al Sultan Hadji Mohammad Punjungan Kiram sultan of Sulu, Jolo, Sulu dated on August 7, 1984 and the letter’s title was ‘Sultan Punjungan Kiram’s will and decree.

ACP Shaikh further testified that another letter was in the form of hand written notes dated March 18th, 2004 which was allegedly signed by Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram.

The witness was giving his oral evidence in the trial of 30 accused persons, including one woman and a nephew of the late self-styled Sulu sultanate III, Datu Amirbahar Hushin Kiram, who are facing various charges of committing terrorism acts.

They were apprehended during separate operations throughout Ops Sulu (later known as Ops Daulat) at several places in Lahad Datu, Semporna, Kunak and Sandakan between February 12 and April 10, 2013.

Waging war against the King charge carries the mandatory death sentence while the other charges provide for an imprisonment for life and a fine, upon conviction.

The trial, held at a hall doubled as an open court at the Kepayan prisons here under tight security checks by police and prison personnel, will resume today.