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CPP congratulates Sison for Dutch court victories, urges approval of asylum appeal

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
23 November 2007

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today congratulated CPP founding chair and National Democratic Front (NDF) senior political consultant Jose Ma. Sison for the series of victories in his legal defense, culminating in the Dutch Court of Appeal' s order last Wednesday to terminate the pre-indictment investigation against him in the absence of "any serious evidence" and "grounds for continuing the investigation" The court also said that the charges against Sison were tainted with "possible political context."

CPP spokesperson Gregorio "Ka Roger" Rosal said "the Filipino people and all revolutionary and progressive forces at home and abroad join Comrade Sison in celebrating his consistent victories in court."

Rosal added that "The district court of The Hague and the Dutch appeals court's decisions to dismiss the false and politically motivated charges against Comrade Sison are big blows to the US and Arroyo governments and their security agencies which have falsified the charges, colluded and plotted his arrest and prosecution."

While celebrating Sison's court victories, Rosal reminded defenders of Comrade Sison and other Filipino revolutionary refugees and patriots abroad to continue their work and vigilance "as we know full well that there is no end to the US-Arroyo regime's evil designs and plots to continue persecuting them.

Charges of "incitement to murder" were filed against Sison in connection with the deaths of Romulo Kintanar and Arturo Tabara who were killed in arrest operations carried out and acknowledged by the New People's Army respectively in 2003 and 2004. Dutch police arrested and jailed Sison last August but he was ordered released by The Hague District Court two weeks later due to lack of evidence.

The November 21 decision of the Dutch appeals court junks the petition of the Dutch police and prosecution for Sison's return to detention and further investigation. The appeals court said: "It has been decided up to the highest possible court that no serious suspicions against the suspect can be deduced from the current dossier of evidence against him."

The CPP spokesperson said that "The Dutch courts' decisions have consistently and conclusively shown that the charges filed against Comrade Sison by the Dutch police in connivance with the security agencies of the US and the Arroyo regime are completely false and politically tainted."

Rosal added that "These charges were filed with the aim of persecuting Comrade Sison as well as other Filipino refugees in The Netherlands who have been actively engaged in peace negotiations, winning support for the Philippine revolution and linking with compatriots and with revolutionary and progressive people's movements abroad."

Rosal said the relentless political harassment against Sison emphasizes the justness of his appeal to be finally granted political asylum in The Netherlands. "This should now follow the dismissal of charges against him." Sison's appeal for full political asylum, which he first filed in 1987 while on a speaking tour in The Netherlands, awaits the decision of the Dutch government.

Without political asylum status, Sison remains deprived of certain civil rights, including the right to employment and travel and against deportation, rendition to another country or forced repatriation.

Rosal said the the US and puppet regime's relentless machinations to subject Comrade Sison to rendition to the US or repatriation to the Philippines where political persecution, incarceration and assassination by death squads await him" underscore the urgency of granting Sison full political asylum.

Marco Valbuena
Media Officer
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