Journalists barred from covering Ampatuan Massacre trial

Posted by CMFR | Posted in Case Updates | Posted on 23-09-2014

CMFR/Philippines – Policemen barred journalists from covering the Ampatuan (Maguindanao) Massacre trialproceedings on 17 September 2014.  No immediate reason was given. Neither were the journalists told whether the directive was from the police, the jail management bureau, or the court. Read more here.

Ampatuan daughter is first defense witness

Posted by CMFR | Posted in Case Updates | Posted on 17-09-2014

CMFR/Philippines – Former governor Zaldy Ampatuan, accused in the Ampatuan (Maguindanao) Massacre trial, presented on 17 September 2014 his 17-year old daughter as his first witness in support of his bail petition. Zaldy’s daughter testified that her father was in Davao City on 21 and 22 November 2009, two days prior to the massacre. She […]

Missing the point: the media focus on bribery allegations in the Ampatuan Massacre trial

Posted by CMFR | Posted in Analysis | Posted on 22-08-2014

The media dropped the ball in reporting the controversial motion of the state prosecutors to rest in the presentation of “evidence-in-chief” (evidence to prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt) in the Ampatuan (Maguindanao) Massacre Trial, which is still hearing the bail petitions of some of the accused. The media instead focused on bribery allegations rather than on […]

Ampatuans ask for more time to find new lawyers

Posted by CMFR | Posted in Case Updates | Posted on 18-08-2014

CMFR/Philippines – The primary accused in the Ampatuan (Maguindanao) Massacre Trial asked the Court on 14 August 2014 to extend the seven days they have been given to find new lawyers, saying they also need time to raise money for new legal representation. Speaking for his father, Andal Ampatuan Sr., and other accused who are […]

Victims’ families support opposition to resting in ‘evidence-in-chief’, call for investigation on bribery claims

Posted by CMFR | Posted in Case Updates | Posted on 08-08-2014

CMFR/Philippines – The families of some victims of the Ampatuan (Maguindanao) Massacre held a press conference on 6 August 2013 to express their support for the opposition to rest in “evidence-in-chief” and to call for an investigation on bribery allegations. The following day, private prosecutor Harry Roque  and Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III denied that […]

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