Suspected Gov’t Agents Shoot, Abduct Moro from Tagum

Dec. 18, 2006

Karapatan, the human-rights group, has reported that a member of the party-list group Suara Bangsamoro was shot and kidnapped by hooded armed men believed to be government agents at 2 in the morning today. According to Karapatan, this was the second time that Camili was abducted. In April 2003, he was taken by the Military Intelligence Group on suspicion of involvement in that year’s bombing of the Sasa Wharf. A Davao court dismissed the case against Camili for lack of evidence. He was again implicated in the 2004 Ecoland bombing but that, too, was dismissed by the court. Karapatan said Camili was falsely accused each time.

Read Karapatan’s statement below:

December 18, 2006

Suara Bangsamoro member shot and abducted

Karapatan holds the state security forces and their agents for the frustrated killing and enforced disappearance of Suara Bangsamoro member Rahman Camili, 34 years old, married with two children, in Purok-3, Barangay Madaum, Tagum City, Davao del Norte.

The victim was shot and abducted by three armed men wearing black fatigue and bonnet inside their house today December 18, 2006 at around 2:20 in the morning. The three armed men forcibly barged the house of Camili while they were sleeping. The wife of Rahman Camili, Halima Camili woke up to checked and saw the three armed men pointed HPR in her. Later, Rahman followed his wife, the three armed men outright shoot the victim in his leg and stomach. After Rahman Camili was hit, he cries for help. The three armed men brought him.

The witnesses saw the three armed men brought Rahman Camili inside the green van with plate number LFV-678 and also observed another white van with same plate number. Accordingly, the house of Rahman Camili was surrounded about 20 full battled gear elements wearing black uniforms.

The family of the victim believes that it was done by the military intelligence group (MIG) and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).

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