Special Court for Maguindanao massacre trial urged

Subscribe Now November 24, 2010 at 11:00am

A year after the Maguindanao Massacre happened, advocates for the speedy case trial are asking for the creation of a special court mainly to handle hearings of the said case.

Alliance Against Impunity in Mindanao (AIM) Convenor Atty. Carlos Isagani Zarate said Monday (November 22) that all they're asking is for Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes to be relieved of other cases and create a special court intended mainly for the hearing of the Maguindanao massacre. There are about 58 murder cases filed, 197 accused, and 500 witnesses who are to present their testimonies in court.

"If a regular case would usually take 5 to 10 years before its decision, these 57 murder cases would take a longer period before arriving a decision. This is why we are proposing for this special court," said Zarate.

A special court, similar to the court created specifically to handle the plunder case of former President Joseph Estrada, is asked by the said group.

The AIM is also pushing for the live media coverage on all hearings.

"If we do not push for these acts now, relatives of the victims might lose hope and who knows another crime similar to this might happen again," said Zarate.

The group believes that the justice system is not perfect, however, everyone has to work within it.

AIM is also pushing to make November 23 as a Media Freedom Day to commemorate the Maguindanao Massacre.

Source: pia.gov.ph

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