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Mentors of Philippine massacre sentenced to 40 years in prison

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Mentors of Philippine massacre sentenced to 40 years in prison

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A Philippine court sentenced the 40-year prison sentence to the mentors of the 2009 political massacre in the south of the country, which left 57 dead, including several journalists.

This Thursday, the mentors of the 2009 political massacre in the south of the country, which left 57 dead, were sentenced to 40 years in prison.

After a 10-year trial, Andal Ampatuan Junior, son of the provincial governor of Maguindanao, and other members of his family and political clan were convicted of murdering 57 people, including 32 journalists, during an ambush in the south of the country in November. of 2009.

The victims were traveling in a caravan in the village of Ampatuan, on the island of Mindanau, when they were ambushed and killed and buried there. It is considered the worst political massacre in the country's history.

Andal Ampatuan Junior had already been formally charged on November 27, 2009 with murder in the massacre, having already completed ten of the 40 years to which he is now convicted.

Several press freedom organizations, with the Philippine National Union of Journalists at the head, organized a vigil on Wednesday in the city of Quezona, which was attended by relatives of some of the murdered journalists and in which they called for “ end of impunity ”in the country.

About 100 people, including many members of the Ampatuan clan, were charged with the crime, but the lawsuit dragged on for years, with defense lawyers filing successive appeals.

The trial ended in July and the Supreme Court gave the judge in charge of the case until December 20 to examine all evidence and render the sentence.

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