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Ampatuans Guilty Justice is served

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Datu Andal Jr. and Zaldy Ampatuan were found guilty and sentenced to a maximum of 40 years in prison for the murder of 57 people in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre.

Their brother, Datu Sajid Islam Ampatuan was acquitted.

Quezon City Regional Trial Court Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes announced the verdict on Thursday, more than 10 years after the mass killing.

Reading the dispositive portion of the 761-page decision, Reyes-Solis said the prosecution was able to “establish the guilt beyond reasonable doubt” of 28 accused, including the said members of the Ampatuan clan.

They were sentenced to reclusion perpetua, or a maximum of 40 years without benefit of parole.

Other convicted Ampatuans include Datu Anwar Sajid “Ulo” Ampatuan and Anwar “Ipi” Ampatuan Jr. Some cops led by former Chief Inspector Sukarno Dicay of 15th Regional Mobile Group, and a number of civilians got the same punishment.

Fourteen cops and an Ampatuan aide, Bong Andal, were sentenced to six to 10 years of imprisonment for being accessories to the crime.

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