THE Department of Justice has submitted for resolution the criminal complaint filed by Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines against the wife of one of the slain leaders of the Maute terrorist group.
This came after Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Peter Ong, who heads the DoJ Task Force Marawi, concluded the preliminary investigation on Wednesday on the rebellion complaint filed by Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and the AFP-The Judge Advocate General against Otto’s wife Najiya Dilangalen Karon-Maute, widow of Mohammad Maute, who died in a battle with government forces in Marawi City.
Ong said Najiya did not file a counter-affidavit against the rebellion complaint after the complainants failed to submit additional evidence, which could back their complaint.
“So it’s their turn now to submit a counter affidavit. [But] they decided not to file because we have initial finding on the inquest level of insufficiency of evidence. So this case is now submitted to (sic) decision,” Ong said, noting they already ruled that the case was not inquestable.
“The offense was committed several months before the arrest of the lady. At the time the lady was arrested, she was not committing any offense, she was not about to commit any offense, she has not just committed an offense. So it is not inquestable,” Ong explained.
Ong said the DoJ panel had given the complainant sufficient time to submit additional evidence, but failed to do so.
“They were duly notified, but they are not present today. So we will rule,” the investigating fiscal stressed.
Najiya was arrested on Jan. 23, 2018 in Cotabato City.
The complaint was based on the testimony of a certain Martino Elyana who was abducted in Padian, Marawi City.
Elyana said he saw Najiya and her husband Mohammadhayan “Otto” Maute bringing food to members of the group at the Bato Mosque in June 2017.
Elyana said he managed to escape the Maute lair in July 2017.
Najiya was subject of an arrest order issued by the Department of National Defense, the agency in charge of implementing martial law in Mindanao.