Dutch arrest Philippines’ communist leader

Dutch police have arrested Jose Maria ‘Joma’ Sison, founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines on murder charges, the public prosecution department said on Tuesday.

Sison, 68, was arrested in Utrecht. Police also raided appartments belonging to his co-workers.
The public prosecution department said Sison is suspected of giving orders from the Netherlands to murder his former political associates in Philippines, Romulo Kintanar and Arturo Tabara.
Kintanar was shot dead in a Japanese restaurant in Philippines in 2003. Tabara and his son in law Stephen Ong were killed in September 26, 2006.
Sison has been living in the Netherlands since 1987 but was turned down for political asylum. However, he could not be deported because his life would allegedly be endangered upon his arrival in Philippines.
He will appear in court in The Hague on Friday morning.

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