Egyptian national Fehmi Lassqued, who is being linked to ISIS, urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday to dismiss the complaint against him for illegal possession of firearms and explosives.
Lassqued and his Filipina partner, Anabel Moncera Salipada, were arrested by policemen and soldiers on February 16 at an apartment in Ermita, Manila following a search in their room on the strength of a search warrant issued by the Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 139.
Seized from them were several explosives components, one caliber-45 firearm, and live ammunition.
In his counter-affidavit, Lassqued claimed the seized items did not belong to him.
“I don’t know the reason why I am being arrested by the police officers. I was shocked to know later at the inquest that I am being charged for violation of RA 10951 or illegal possession of firearm and ammunition and RA 9516 or illegal possession of explosives,” his counter-affidavit stated.
He further said any examination of the items will yield negative results for his fingerprints “because I never touched it, held it, nor possessed it.”
Lassqued said he is a holder of “resident certificate issued by DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs)” to prove that he is a “good individual” and has not violated any law.
Military intelligence reports state Lassqued, who slipped into the country in July 2016, was an ISIS official and used to represent the group in talks with Syrian and Turkish government officials.