Free Jose Maria Sison!
The International Committee Defend condemns in the strongest terms
the unjust arrest this morning, August 27, of Filipino political
exile Prof. Jose Maria Sison, by the Dutch Police, on trumped-up
charges, and the simultaneous police raids in Utrecht on several
houses of Filipinos, including the NDF International Information
Office. The arrest of Professor Sison came after the Philippine
Supreme Court dismissed several politically-motivated cases filed
against him and several others. The case filed against him by the
Dutch police are similarly politically-motivated and must be
Also, the European Court of the First Instance in Luxemburg on July
11, annulled the inclusion of Professor Sison in the European Council’s
‘terrorist’ listing because the Council of the European Union failed
to give a valid reason for his inclusion.
Professor Sison or Joma, was arrested when he reported to the Utrecht
police after he got an invitation from them supposedly about new
information on the complaint he filed in 2001.
According to Sison’s lawyer who accompanied him to the police station,
Sison was asked to go to a room supposedly to be asked questions. And
after he was alone in the room he was whisked away without the knowledge
of his lawyer, to the National Penitentiary in Scheveningen in The Hague
where he is now under detention.
International Committee Defend strongly denounces the ‘Gestapo-style’
manner in which the Dutch police arrested Professor Sison and conducted
the raids. Defend said the police used a ruse to take Sison into custody.
Also during the raids, the raiding team in some cases,did not show any
search warrant and forced their entry into the houses by breaking the
doors even if people were inside. In some of the houses that were
raided, only minors were present.
Julie Sison, wife of Sison, said at around 9:30 am, the Dutch police
in plainclothes did not even ring or knock, but instead broke down
their front door. She was reportedly asked to sit in one corner of
their house while the police carted away their computers, documents,
CDs, and other files. The search lasted until early evening.
Simultaneous with Joma’s arrest and the search on his house, the NDF
International Information Office and several other houses of Filipinos
in Utrecht, were raided. The Dutch police confiscated computers,
laptops, papers, diskettes, CD Roms, and DVDs.
The arrest of Professor Sison and the searches in several Filipino
houses are clearly politically-motivated. EU envoy Javier Solana has
said that the terrorist tag on the CPP, NPA and Professor Sison would
be dropped if they capitulate.
The Philippines, Dutch and US are using judicial proceedings to put
political pressure on the NDFP to surrender to the Manila government.
Committee Defend will hold the Dutch government accountable for any
harm that may happen to Professor Sison, including rendition to any
country outside the Netherlands, while under their custody.
Committee Defend announces that there will be protest mobilizations
in the Philippines, Canada, US, Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia and
several countries in Europe.
IMMEDIATELY RELEASE PROF. JOSE MARIA SISON!
JUNK THE TRUMPED-UP CHARGES!
STOP THE POLITICAL PERSECUTION OF FILIPINO PROGRESSIVES IN EUROPE!
International Committee DEFEND
Utrecht, The Netherlands
Atty. Jan Fermon
Lead Counsel in the European Court of First Instance case
Atty. Michel Pestman