Dutch Appeals Court judgement, "decisive vindication" of Sison
Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)
October 5, 2007
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today praised the Dutch Court of
Appeals' dismissal of an appeal by Dutch prosecutors to reverse an earlier ruling
by The Hague District Court last September 13 releasing CPP founding chairperson
Jose Ma. Sison from prison.
CPP spokesperson Gregorio "Ka Roger" Rosal said the decision was a "decisive
vindication" of Sison. "This shows clearly the falsity of the charges concocted
by Malacaņang's Inter-Agency Legal Action Group in collusion with US and Dutch
security and prosecution officials."
The appellate court in effect did not give credence to claims by the Dutch
prosecutors that they had "additional evidence" warranting Comrade Sison's
reincarceration, Rosal pointed out. Sison was held in solitary confinement at
Scheveningen Prison in The Hague for 17 days before he was ordered freed
by The Hague District Court. He is being charged by the Dutch police of "inciting
to murder" in connection with the deaths of Romulo Kintanar in 2003 and of
Arturo Tabara in 2004.
The CPP and the New People's Army have claimed responsibility for Tabara and
Kintanar's deaths. According to the CPP Central Committee's Executive Committee,
the two were killed in the course of arrest operations carried out by the NPA on
orders of the revolutionary people's court based in the Philippines. The two were
charged with gross counterrevolutionary and capital criminal offenses.
The Dutch appeals court affirmed The Hague District Court's ruling that "there was
no direct and sufficient evidence to show that Sison had a conscious and close
cooperation with those in the Philippines who carried out the deed."
Showing appreciation for the appellate court's decision, the CPP said that "even
bourgeois courts like The Hague District Court and the Dutch Court of Appeals
have vindicated Comrade Sison."
"This latest and decisive vindication of Comrade Sison should stop Malacaņang
from further prosecuting him. However, in the face of Gloria Arroyo's fascist
bullheadedness, her government is bound to concoct more and more schemes
to stop the revolutionary work of Comrade Sison," said Rosal.
Thus, the CPP said, the Filipino people must exercise vigilance and exert all-out
effort in order to put a stop to the persecution of Comrade Sison and fight the
escalating fascist attacks against him and other Filipino revolutionaries and patriots.
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