Chief suspect of S Philippine massacre transferred to another detention center

13:34, April 15, 2010      

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Former Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr., the principal suspect in world-shaking massacre in Maguindanao of southern Philippines last November, was transferred to another detention center located in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City, on Thursday, local media reported.

Ampatuan left his detention cell at 10:45 a.m. in handcuffs. He was escorted by heavily-armed men from the National Bureau of Investigation and the Manila Police District, local paper inquirer reported on its website.

The move follows a Supreme Court decision ordering the transfer of Ampatuan to the five-story detention cell in Bicutan.

Ampatuan was with some of his lawyers throughout the procedure.

Ampatuan Jr. was the principal suspect of grisly Maguindanao Massacre on Nov. 23 last year, in which 57 civilians were murdered and then buried under dirt with a backhoe. The victims included 15 women, some of whom were pregnant, and over 30 media practitioners.

The Maguindanao town mayor as well as other suspects in the massacre was still held at the National Bureau of Investigation's (NBI) detention cell.

Source: Xinhua


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