Nine Filipinos have been sentenced to hang for their half in a bloody try to retake Sabah from Malaysia in 2013.
The incursion by about 200 Islamic militants from the southern Philippines was impressed by a Philippine sultanate’s declare of historic possession of the state on the northeast of Borneo island.
The touchdown at Lahad Datu led to a siege between the militants and the nation’s armed forces. At least 70 individuals, principally Filipino militants, have been killed over six-weeks of clashes. The episode ultimately fizzled out when some of the militants fled again to the Philippines.
The 9 have been handed life sentences final 12 months, however prosecutors appealed for a stiffer penalty.
“With this current sentence, I am satisfied,” Deputy Public Prosector Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin instructed AFP. “Hopefully this will deter other alien nations from intruding into Sabah and Malaysia.”
He added that technically the 9 had been sentenced to death for waging struggle on the ‘Yang di-Pertuan Agong’, or Malaysian monarchy, and jail sentences of 13 to 18 years have been handed out for “being a member of a terrorist group”.
Datuk Mohd Zawawi Salleh, chair of the three-man panel, mentioned the 9 have been “part of a conspiracy” towards the Malaysian authorities to dictate its overseas relations and weaken the nation to reclaim Sabah.
The Philippines mentioned it could ask Malaysia to rethink the death penalty. Government official Raul Dado mentioned Philippine officers in Malaysia have been “meeting immediately with embassy lawyers”.
An estimated 800,000 Filipinos — most of them refugees from the war-torn south of the nation — reside in Sabah, which is a few quarter of the whole inhabitants. The state is only a quick boat experience away from the Philippines.
The disaster was an acute embarrassment to the governments in each Manila and Kuala Lumpur, and shone a highlight on the porous maritime border between the 2 international locations — a problem that’s once more of concern with the expansion of Islamic terrorism within the area.