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Spanish National Arrested as Suspected Terrorist

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The Maute Group and Abu Sayyaf were able to to get $40+ million in cash, gold, and jewelry out of Marawi within the first weeks of the Marawi siege last year from banks, pawnshops and private homes. They have since been using this money not only to recruit locally, but also internationally. The story below is a good example of this. While not found guilty as of yet, this man's intentions and reasons for being in the country are obvious. 

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Military files charges vs. suspected Spanish terrorist

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday pressed charges with the Department of Justice (DOJ) against a suspected Spanish terrorist arrested in Basilan on Monday.

Abdelhakim Labidi Adib underwent inquest proceedings in connection with the complaint for illegal possession of explosives before Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Peter Ong and Assistant State Prosecutor Rodan Parrocha where the 20-year old denied the charges against him.

Adib’s arrest came after the AFP’s 14th Special Forces Company received intelligence information that two suspicious personalities, one believed to be a foreign national, were to pass Barangay Townsite in Maluso, Basilan.

Adib was then arrested at the military checkpoint in Barangay Townsite while his companion, a member of the Abu Sayyaf group, was able to run away.

The military said it seized from Adib two grenades, various improvised explosive device components, various identification cards and cash amounting to P8,520.

“Adib is a known Abu Sayyaf sympathizer and ardent supporter for the establishment of Islamic caliphate in the Philippines,” the complaint stated.

It was also learned that Adib is already an overstaying foreigner in the Philippines as his tourist visa expired on December 8 last year.

Adib, a Spaniard of Tunisian descent, arrived in the country from Switzerland on October 10, 2017.

Represented by the Public Attorney’s Office during the inquest proceedings, Adib said the accusations against him were false and that he would provide evidence to prove his innocence.

He also said he came to the Philippines for vacation and has been to Manila, Davao, and Cagayan De Oro.

“There are many beautiful women here,” Adib said in Spanish.

He denied knowing the name of his Filipino companion whom he claimed was his guide. He also denied owning the black backpack and the explosives found inside.

Adib said he was planning to return to Spain before he was arrested.

From Basilan, the Spaniard said he would take a ferry to Zamboanga City where he would wait for the money that would be sent by his father so he could buy a plane ticket.

Adib is set to file his counter-affidavit to the complaint on January 31.

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/640891/military-files-charges-vs-suspected-spanish-terrorist/story/

 

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HeyMike

He is screwed now.... he over-stayed his tourist visa.

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Dafey
10 hours ago, Tullioz said:

Represented by the Public Attorney’s Office

That should be a relief to him!!!!

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An update to this story giving a little more from the accused side. 

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Visiting Basilan: A tale of a tourist or terrorist?

A journey to find great adventure and a relationship with a “happily-ever-after” ending did not seem to go well for this tourist who seemingly taken to an unexpected detour—a military jail and a criminal case for violation of illegal possession of explosives.

For Abdelhakim Labidi Adib, a Spanish national with Tunisian descent, he went to the Philippines as a simple tourist looking for places to visit and find a woman he can spend his life with.

But according to members of the Philippine Army, Adib was arrested for aiding terrorism in Mindanao particularly Basilan.

Adib was intercepted on Jan. 22, at a military checkpoint in Basilan. Soldiers said he was accompanied by an Abu Sayyaf member who is one of the military’s targets. However, the companion of Adib abandoned him and escaped by jumping off a cliff, leaving him in the military custody.

Armed Forces personnel said there could be more of him than just a simple tourist. Adib is now tagged as a foreign terrorist aiding local terror groups in the south.

Seized in his possession were several explosives including a hand grenade, rifle grenade, detonating devices and blasting caps.

The 20-year-old Adib said in his counter-affidavit that: “I went here in the Philippines as a tourist. I have no intention whatever to aid anyone in any terrorist activity especially in causing trouble to the community.”

He said he was born in Spain to responsible and loving parents.

“My parents taught me so many traits especially in dealing with people around, in giving due respect as regards the practice of faith, religion and others.”

After schooling, he said he moved to Switzerland where he worked and saved money because it was his dream to travel to a faraway country. He said he chose Philippines because he heard a lot of “good reviews” in the country.

“I began thinking about going to the Philippines when I heard so many good reviews and feedback about the country that it is a [good tourist destination] with beautiful islands and scenery and above all, splendid people who are very accommodating and hospitable,” he said.

“I did not stop thinking about the delicious food which is hard to refuse. I imagine that it is possible to have a happy life, filled with good times and happiness and devoid of many problems,” Adib added.

“Another reason, which at the beginning I did not think too important, was to find a good woman to complete my happiness and [spend the rest of] my life with her,” he added.

As a starting point, he said he searched for the first city that he would visit and the most recommended was Davao City.

When he arrived last Oct. 10, 2017, he said he went from Manila to Davao where he visited several attractions before proceeding to Cagayan De Oro (CDO). In CDO, He said he met a certain Abuzaid who claimed to be part of the Yakan tribe. He said he offered to take him to his tribe and introduce him to its culture.

From CDO, he said they proceeded to Zamboanga and eventually to Basilan to visit the Yakan tribe. While in Basilan, he said the three weeks he spent with the tribe was “not a happy experience.”

“There is no food, no shower, no electricity, no proper shelter and it was not a comfortable stay,” he said adding that he was afraid especially after the group showed him photos of dead people.

“I decided to go home. I really regret my decision in going to Basilan. Nobody explained to me that Basilan is a dangerous place,” he said. Before he was allowed to leave, he said the tribe members took his money about 1,000 Swiss francs, mobile phone and some of his personal belongings.

He said he was escorted to Isabela City, Basilan on Jan. 19 where he was arrested by armed men.

He said, contrary to the military’s claim, he was arrested on the 20th not on the 22nd of January.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) already submitted the case for resolution.

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/965153/visiting-basilan-a-tale-of-a-tourist-or-terrorist-afp-terrorism-tourist-basilan-mindanao-doj#ixzz55l8a9klt

A little more information from another article:

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A suspected Spanish terrorist arrested in Basilan last week urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday to dismiss the criminal complaint filed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Abdelhakim Labidi Adib appeared at the preliminary investigation called by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Peter Ong and Assistant State Prosecutor Rodan Parrocha to subscribe to his counter-affidavit to the complaint for illegal possession of explosives.

“I vehemently deny and assert that I don’t own and I have nothing to do with the alleged recovered evidence which are the hand grenade and the alleged improvised explosive device,” Adib’s counter-affidavit read.

Adib said he was arrested on January 22 at a checkpoint in Barangay Townsite, Maluso town not by the AFP’s 14th Special Forces Company but by seven civilian-clothed men with long firearms.

He also rejected the military’s claim that his companion, whom he identified as “Abuzaid” or “Abuzayd, escaped.

“I was illegally arrested by civilian persons, I was just walking on the road aside from that I was not doing any crime nor was about to do a crime besides there is no checkpoint. It must be noted that the evidence seized, although alleged to be inadvertently discovered, was not in a plain view. It was planted by the arresting officer because I never have those items in my bag nor in my possession," the counter-affidavit stated.

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/641729/suspected-spanish-terrorist-urges-doj-to-dismiss-raps-filed-by-military/story/

 

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RangerUp
42 minutes ago, Tullioz said:

It must be noted that the evidence seized, although alleged to be inadvertently discovered, was not in a plain view. It was planted by the arresting officer

This Muslim guy was under surveillance, seems like any photo/video of him with the black bag that he claims wasn't his would put that argument to rest and send him to jail forever.

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Tullioz
36 minutes ago, RangerUp said:

This Muslim guy was under surveillance, seems like any photo/video of him with the black bag that he claims wasn't his would put that argument to rest and send him to jail forever.

I think this guy is going to be seeing some jail time with or without photos or video, although I hope they have evidence such as that as well. 

I'm not buying his story at all based on the comments he has made already. He claims he came to the Philippines based on what he found online. 

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But Labidi Adib said he went to the country to see famous tourist spots in Mindanao after seeing "good reviews" from the internet.

“I began thinking about going to the Philippines when I heard so many good reviews and feedback about the country that it is a [good tourist destination] with beautiful islands and scenery and above all, splendid people who are very accommodating and hospitable,” he said.

As a starting point, he said he searched for the first city that he would visit and the most recommended was Davao City.

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/01/31/1783248/suspected-spanish-terrorist-says-he-went-philippines-vacation

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/965153/visiting-basilan-a-tale-of-a-tourist-or-terrorist-afp-terrorism-tourist-basilan-mindanao-doj#ixzz55l8a9klt

If he learned all of the above from the internet, he would have no doubt come across information that would tell him that Basilan is not a safe place for tourists at some point during his research. Even after he arrived in the Philippines, if he mentioned to anyone in the country he was planning to travel there, they would have told him it would be too dangerous.

So when he says the following:

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 "I really regret my decision in going to Basilan. Nobody explained to me that Basilan is a dangerous place,” he said. 

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/965153/visiting-basilan-a-tale-of-a-tourist-or-terrorist-afp-terrorism-tourist-basilan-mindanao-doj#ixzz55l8a9klt

It's pretty safe to assume that he is a liar.

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Frederick
3 hours ago, Tullioz said:

Nobody explained to me that Basilan is a dangerous place

har har hardy har har.  

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 When I read the comment where he said nobody told him Basilan was a dangerous place, I knew he was going to be toast. There was no way anyone was going to buy his story after saying something like that. The rest of his story was not much better. 

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DOJ OKs filing rap vs alleged Spanish terrorist

The DOJ rejected Adib’s claim that he went to the Philippines, particularly in Davao City, Cagayan De Oro, Zamboanga and Basilan for adventure and to find a woman “that will complete his happiness.”

“Respondent’s [Adib] stories about his tour, his escapades with Abuzaid; and his visit to the Yakan Tribe in Basilan are unbelievable especially so that Basilan is internationally known to be a turf of the Abu Sayyaf Group,” the DOJ resolution stated.

Adib denied owning the bag containing the explosives. He added that the people where he stayed in Basilan took his 1,000 Francs but left his P8, 520.

“It is contrary to human experience that the person who took respondent’s 1,000 Francs will not take his P8,520.00,” the DOJ said adding that Adib’s denial “is a weak defense and cannot prevail over positive declarations of complainant’s witnesses.”

Read more: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/968094/doj-department-of-justice-spanish-suspected-terrorist-criminal-case-]

 

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