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ZAMBOANGA CITY – A Malaysian court has sentenced two Filipinos, who are members of the Abu Sayyaf group, following their capture in Kuala Lumpur.

In an exclusive report, Malaysian newspaper, the Star, said that Hajar Abdul Mubin, 26; and his brother-in-law, Abdul Syamir Dabilin, 25, were both sentenced July 3 by Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Mohd Sofian Abd Razak.

Mubin has been sentenced to six years in jail and Dabilin, 3 years. Mubin, alias Abu Asrie, is a member of the Abu Sayyaf group based in Basilan province in southern Philippines, and nephew of militant leader Furuji Indama, who surrendered this year to the military just this year.

They were captured in Cheras, a township southeast of the Malaysian capital, but villagers said they were not even aware the two men were members of the ISIS-tied Abu Sayyaf group. It was unknown how the duo managed to escape military operations in Basilan and ended up hiding in Kuala Lumpur since 2015.

Mubin and Dabilin were captured along with 6 others hours before the closing ceremony of the 29th SEA Games in August 30 last year, according to the report, adding, after the arrests, many members of the Yakan community in the area moved out.

It was not immediately known if the Philippines is aware of the duo’s capture or not. (Mindanao Examiner)


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