The Philippines imprisons a Spaniard on small arms fees

The Philippines has jailed a Spanish man after he was convicted of gun possession, almost 5 years after his arrest, the Philippine justice division mentioned on Thursday.

Military counter-terrorism troops in January 2018 arrested Abdelhakim Labidi Adib, then 20, at a checkpoint on the southern island of Basilan, a stronghold of armed Islamist militants.

They alleged that Labidi Adib, a Spanish nationwide of Tunisian descent who described himself as a vacationer, carried grenades and bomb-making gear in his backpack.

Additionally they accused him of being a sympathizer of Abu Sayyaf, a neighborhood armed insurgent group with ties to the Islamic State that has been accused of lethal bombings and beheadings of kidnapping victims.

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A second man accompanying the convict fled, authorities mentioned.

Labidi Adib agreed to plead responsible to a few counts of possession of a loaded small arms weapon, for which a courtroom in Basilan handed him jail sentences of between eight and 14 years every, the justice division mentioned in a press release. .

Beneath the Prison Code of the Philippines, a number of sentences are served concurrently so as of severity, with the utmost period not exceeding thrice the period of probably the most extreme one.

“Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin ‘Boying’ Remulla counseled prosecutors for securing conviction of terrorist suspect,” the assertion added.

Labidi Adib was arrested eight months after Abu Sayyaf gunmen together with different pro-Islamic State allies seized town middle of Marawi, the primary Muslim metropolis within the majority Catholic nation.

The assault sparked a five-month battle that destroyed a lot of town and left greater than 1,000 folks useless, earlier than town was retaken by Philippine forces with the help of U.S. army intelligence.

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Labidi Abid arrived within the Philippines in October 2017, across the time the siege of Marawi ended, the army had beforehand mentioned.