DOJ files charges vs alleged Maute-IS recruiter


Posted at Dec 13 2017 12:50 PM

MANILA - The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday filed charges against a woman accused of being a recruiter of the Islamic State-inspired Maute terrorist group.

The suspect identified as Karen Aizha Hamidon is now facing charges for inciting to rebellion and violation of the cybercrime prevention law before a Taguig court.

Hamidon was arrested in Taguig last October after she allegedly tried to recruit 4 Indian nationals visiting the Philippines to join violent extremist groups in Mindanao.

The National Bureau of Investigation said Hamidon also has 296 social media posts urging people to join the terrorists' siege of Marawi City.

The woman is said to be the wife of Mohhamad Jaafar Maguid, also known in his aliases "Tokboy" and "Abu Sharifa," the alleged leader of a group behind the Davao City night market bombing in 2016.

-- report from Johnson Manabat, ABS-CBN News