KUALA LUMPUR, July 25 — A Malaysian court has convicted three locals and 14 Filipinos of terror-related offences, some punishable by death, following an armed incursion that left scores dead and paralysed a remote corner of Borneo for weeks, a lawyer said today.
The 2013 siege, inspired by a self-proclaimed Filipino sultan who tried to resurrect long-dormant land claims, saw clashes between Malaysian forces and some 200 Filipino militants who had arrived by boat in the eastern state of Sabah on Borneo Island.
The crisis embarrassed both Manila and Kuala Lumpur, shining a spotlight on the latter’s porous border and locals’ complaints of rampant illegal immigration and lawlessness.
“Following today’s high court conviction, nine of the Filipinos face an option of death sentence or life in prison. The court will make a decision on Tuesday,” N. Sivananthan, counsel for the Filipino militants, told AFP.
“I hope the nine will be spared the death sentence,” he added. Read more