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Online Maute recruiter indicted

  • Written by Hector Lawas
  • Published in Metro
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Government prosecutors yesterday indicted a woman arrested in Taguig City last October for allegedly
recruiting through social media fighters for the ISIS-linked Maute terror group which attacked Marawi
City.

In a resolution, the Department of Justice indicted Karen Aizha Hamidon with 295 counts of
inciting to rebellion before the Taguig City Regional Trial Court.
    
Hamidon was also charged for violation of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 with the DoJ
recommending a P20,000 bail for each count for her temporary liberty.
    
In indicting Hamidon, the DoJ said the National Bureau of Investigation was able to present
evidence that she incite others to the execution of any of the acts of rebellion even as it dismissed
the complaint for rebellion for lack of merit.
    
“Respondent’s acts of inciting others to commit rebellion was done by posting various messages
through social media multiple times. In sum, respondent should be charged for 295 counts of inciting
to rebellion in violation of Article 138 of the Revised Penal Code, in relation to Section 6 of
Republic Act 10175,” it added.
    
In the same resolution, the DoJ also dismissed Hamidon’s claim that she was instigated by an
NBI undercover agent to commit the alleged crime.