MANILA - Former Sulu Gov. Abdusakur Tan and 3 of his co-respondents have requested the Office of the Ombudsman for a 30-day extension to submit their counter-affidavits in connection with the kidnapping and graft complaints filed against them.
In a motion for extension filed on Nov. 3, the former governor and his co-respondents Ahamdjan Hassan, Dolphy Hairal Abdulkahal, and Gulamo Uddin said they received the order to reply to the allegations on Oct. 26, with a 10-day period within which they can file their counter-affidavits.
Tan and the other respondents are facing investigation over the July 2, 2000 kidnapping of Der Speigel correspondent Andreas Lorenz, a German national, in Jolo, Sulu.
The complaint was filed by Temogen Tulawie, who accused Tan and the other respondents of kidnapping Lorenz and demanding ransom for his release.
Lawyer Ryan Jumaani asked for 30 more days in their motion for extension as he has just signed up as counsel for the accused.
“The undersigned counsel needs more time to intelligently prepare the counter-affidavit of the respondents and the affidavit of their witnesses, and also to wait for the arrival of the respondents and their witnesses from Jolo, Sulu as well as to locate their other witnesses who are presently residing in Sulu,” Jumaani said.
Members of the Abu Sayyaf group abducted journalist Lorenz in July 2000 while he was covering a hostage crisis in Jolo. He was also kidnapped in May of the same year, among several foreign journalists abducted in the area.