Muslim leader charged over bloody Philippine siege
MANILA (AFP) - Fugitive Muslim leader Nur Misuari has been charged with rebellion following bloody attacks by hundreds of his armed followers on a southern Philippine city, the justice minister said on Wednesday.
Prosecutors asked a court in Zamboanga city to order the arrest of Misuari and three key lieutenants over last month's attack that killed 244 people, said Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.
"I'm convinced that we have sufficient and strong evidence this time around to prosecute successfully Nur Misuari," he told reporters.
Hundreds of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) fighters occupied parts of Zamboanga for three weeks, taking scores of civilian hostages and battling military and police in a bid to disrupt government peace talks with a rival Muslim rebel group.