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Ampatuan Freed on Bail

Sajid Islam Ampatuan, son of former Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr., and one of the accused in the Maguindanao Massacre multiple murder case has been granted temporary liberty after posting P11.6 million bail.

Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 Presiding Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes issued the release order on Monday.

Ampatuan posted the surety bond of P200,000 for each of the 58 counts of murder in exchange for his release.

His petition for bail was granted by the court after “the prosecution panel failed to establish strong evidence that would warrant the continued detention of Sajid Islam while the trial is ongoing.”

Meanwhile, Anwar Ampatuan Sr. and Akmad “Tato” Ampatuan were among the 14 other suspects denied bail.

The other 42 suspects have been allowed to post bail but none of them was able to produce the P11.6 million set by the court.

The bail petition of Andal Sr., Andal Jr., and Zaldy Ampatuan are still pending before the court.