World Briefs: Suspect in Philippine political massacre dies

Airport personnel and relatives carry the coffin of Andal Ampatuan Senior, to a hearse at Cotabato Airport in Maguindanao Province, Southern Philippines on July 18, 2015.
Airport personnel and relatives carry the coffin of Andal Ampatuan Senior, to a hearse at Cotabato Airport in Maguindanao Province, Southern Philippines on July 18, 2015.PHOTO: AFP

Suspect in Philippine political massacre dies

MANILA • Widows of victims of the Philippines' worst political massacre yesterday said they could not forgive a powerful clan warlord who was one of the main suspects in the case, after he died in hospital.

Andal Ampatuan Sr, patriarch of the Ampatuan clan, was among 100 people on trial over the deaths of 58 people in the province of Maguindanao in November 2009. He died last Friday evening, days after he slipped into a coma following a heart attack, his lawyers said.

"I could not forgive him because he had shown no remorse, and the fact that the case has dragged adds to our pain," said Ms Gloria Teodoro, whose newspaper-reporter husband died in the carnage.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Camp hit by storm: 15k scouts evacuated

STRASBOURG • Some 15,000 teen scouts from all over Europe had to be evacuated from a camp in France early yesterday after a violent storm hit the area.

Scouts and Guides France, which organised the jamboree in Strasbourg, said 15 of the teens had suffered "sprains, fractures or dislocations", but there were no serious injuries.

The teens were taken to a nearby theatre for shelter.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 19, 2015, with the headline 'World Briefs: Suspect in Philippine political massacre dies'. Print Edition | Subscribe