Abu Sayyaf founding member pleads guilty after plea arrangement

The US Justice Department announced on Wednesday that Madhatta Haipe, a citizen of the Philippines and founding member of Al-Harakat Al-Islamiyyah, also known as the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), pleaded guilty in federal court in the District of Columbia to four counts of hostage taking in connection with the 1995 abduction of 16 people, including four U.S. citizens, at a Philippine resort in Trankini Falls, Mindanao for ransom.

Haipe was indicted by a Federal grand jury in 2000 and he was extradited to the US in 2009 by Philippine authorities to stand trial there. At his sentencing on Dec. 14 he will face up to life in prison on each of four counts of hostage taking.

Haipe was a Professor of Islamic Studies at Mindanao State University and serving as the General Secretary of the ASG, or second-in-command of the organization.

“The FBI Honolulu Division has investigated this matter in close
coordination with the Philippine authorities for approximately 15 years,” said Charlene Thornton, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in
Honolulu. “Through this international cooperation, despite the time and distance, we have managed to bring to justice a defendant who had sought to harm our U.S. citizens abroad.”


One Response

  1. Thank you for the good news, i’m from the Philippines and have seen the terrorism of the Abu sayaff group and im glad that Haipe be put to cage like an animal for the rest of his life.

    You have a website that is very helpful in the fight against global terrorism. Public Awareness may prevent the growth of terrorism in communities all over the globe.

    May God Bless you and give you more power !

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