Further information on UA: 13/12 Index: ASA 35/002/2012 Philippines
Date: 30 January 2012
Three men, who have been missing since 3 January, are now believed to be in police custody in an undisclosed location in the Philippines.
According to a credible source, intelligence agents apprehended Najir Ahung, Rasdie Kasaran and Yusup Mohammad at Manila domestic airport terminal on 3 January, after they flew in from Zamboanga City. Before being taken, Yusup Mohammad called his mother on his mobile phone, saying they had arrived in Manila.
Najir Ahung also sent an SMS to a relative. That is the last time that anybody has heard from them.
A reliable source has told Amnesty International that the three men are now being held by agents of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of the Philippine National Police in an undisclosed location. It is feared that they are being detained incommunicado, and are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
The three men were in transit in Manila on their way to Sudan to study under the Arabic Language Programme of the International University of Africa. Najir Ahung is the father of ten children, and an Arabic teacher in a local Islamic school in Basilan, south of the country. Rasdie Kasaran is the father of one child and also a teacher at an Islamic school.
While the Philippine military routinely denies involvement in any case of enforced disappearance, in previous years Amnesty International has documented the military’s use of enforced disappearance against activists and suspected fighters and supporters of insurgent groups.
Please write immediately in English or your own language:
- expressing concern for the safety and wellbeing of Najir Ahung, Rasdie Kasaran and Yusup Mohammad, who were apprehended in Manila Airport on 3 January;
- urging the authorities to immediately establish and reveal where the three men are being held;
- calling on them to release Najir Ahung, Rasdie Kasaran and Yusup Mohammad immediately and unconditionally, or else charge them with a recognizably criminal offence.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 12 MARCH 2012 TO:
Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Chief
Police Director Samuel Pagdilao, Jr.
CIDG Office, Camp General Crame
Quezon City, Philippines
+63 2705 1526 (extension 5412)
Salutation: Dear Police Director
Chief, Philippine National Police
Police Dir. General Nicanor Bartolome
Philippine National Police Headquarters
Camp General Crame
Quezon City, Philippines
Email: via contact form: http://www.pnp.gov.ph/main/index.php?option=com_contact&view=contact&id=1&Itemid=67
Salutation: Dear Police Director General