(Update) Life imprisonment for three Rizal Day bombers

Posted at 01/23/2009 11:45 AM | Updated as of 01/24/2009 10:40 AM

A Manila court judge on Friday found three terrorists guilty of multiple murders for the deadly bombing of a Light Rail Transit (LRT) station in Manila eight years ago.

Judge Cielito Mendaro-Grulla of the Manila Regional Trial Court found Muklis Hadji Yunos alias Saifulla Yunos Muklis, Abdul Fatak Paute, and Mamasao Naga guilty of multiple murders, multiple frustrated murders and multiple attempted murders.

Grulla sentenced the three to life imprisonment and ordered each of them to pay P125,000 in moral, civil and temperate damages.

Police arrested Yunos's group for their involvement in the LRT bombing in Manila, the bloodiest of the five explosions that struck Metro Manila on Dec. 30, 2000.

Police said Yunos is considered as the group's leader. They said Yunos is a bomb expert and leader of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front's Special Operations Group.

Yunos allegedly received funding from the Southeast Asian-based terror group Jemaah Islamiyah for the masterly planned bombings.

The LRT bombing was the second of the five blasts. It followed the explosion of a bomb at Plaza Ferguson in Manila, near the United States embassy.

A third bomb exploded at a gasoline station in front of the Dusit Hotel in Makati City. A policeman trying to defuse the bomb died in the blast.

The fourth bomb exploded near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City and the fifth ripped through a bus along EDSA in Cubao, Quezon City.