Sultan's camp to give legal aid to arrested royal forces

Posted at 03/15/2013 5:12 PM

MANILA -- Abraham Idjirani, spokesperson of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, said they are forming a legal team to help the over 30 members of the Royal Security Force intercepted by the Philippine Navy off Tawi-Tawi.

They are facing various charges in the wake of the Sabah conflict and are being held at a Naval facility in Tawi-Tawi.

Idjirani said the group was led by Eddie Edres, a general in the Royal Security Force (RSF).

The justice department recommended charges against the followers of the sultan for violation of the election gun ban, illegal possession of firearms and inciting to war.

Meanwhile, Idjirani reiterated an appeal to the Malaysian government to be allowed access to 10 detained members of the RSF.

Idjirani also revealed supposed diplomatic efforts by a Southeast Asian nation to resolve the standoff.

"Secret diplomatic channel efforts ginagagawa na ngayon ng ibang nation to convince Malaysian government to sit down and discuss and come up with peaceful resolution between Malaysia and Sulu sultanate," he said.

ANC News Now, March 15, 2013