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PNP to appeal DoJ dismissal of raps vs Tunisian ISIS suspect

The Philippine National Police will appeal the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) dismissal of the criminal complaint against suspected Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist Fehmi Lassqued, a Tunisian national, and his Filipina live-in partner Anabel Salipada.
“It’s an unfortunate news for the PNP but anyway this is not yet final,” PNP spokesman Chief Supt. John Bulalacao said at a press conference Thursday.
“The arresting officers can avail of other remedies like a petition for review before the secretary of the DoJ and meantime let us just leave this to the disposition of the investigating teams or their legal officers,” he added.
In a resolution, DoJ Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Peter Ong dismissed the complaint for illegal possession of explosive devices and firearms filed by the PNP Regional Police Intelligence Operations Unit (RPIOU) of the National Capital Region Police Office and the Armed Forces of the Philippines against the two suspects for lack of merit.
“After a careful review and evaluation of the evidence submitted by the parties, the undersigned finds no probable cause to charge respondents for violations of RA 10591 and RA 9516,” read the DoJ resolution approved by Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Rassenell Rex Gingoyon and Acting Prosecutor General Jorge Catalan Jr.
The two were arrested in Ermita, Manila last Feb. 16 by joint operatives of the PNP and the Philippine Army, pursuant to a search warrant issued by the Makati City Regional Trial Court.

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