Misuari seeks Sandiganbayan nod for Saudi Arabia trip

By Czarina Nicole Ong-Ki

Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman and former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Nur Misuari is asking the Sandiganbayan Third Division to allow him to travel to Saudi Arabia from May to June.

Former ARMM Gov. Nur Misuari arrives at Sandiganbayan to attend a hearing to request on travel grant for the 46th session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s Council of Foreign Ministers happening in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Misuari is facing two counts of graft and two counts of malversation over multimillion-peso educational projects in ARMM which turned out to have never been delivers in 2002-2005. (MARK BALMORES / MANILA BULLETIN)
Former ARMM Gov. Nur Misuari arrives at Sandiganbayan to attend a hearing to request on travel grant for the 46th session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s Council of Foreign Ministers happening in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (MARK BALMORES / MANILA BULLETIN)

In his amended motion to travel, Misuari said that his intended travel will be for the pilgrimage to the holy land of Mecca, where he will fast in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, both in Saudi Arabia.

“That he is a devout Muslim, a political and religious leader looked upon by his people as a role model in observing the teachings of the Holy Quran and in observing the five pillars of Islam among them making a pilgrimage to the holy land of Mecca,” the motion read.

“That he is most desirous of further strengthening his faith by attending the holy activity which he considers to be obligatory,” it added.

Misuari is facing two graft and two malversation through falsification charges in relation to the reportedly anomalous purchase of different educational packages and materials from 2000 to 2001.

 
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