Superiors won’t allow Bossi to testify vs abductors

By Julie Alipala
Mindanao Bureau
Last updated 05:30pm (Mla time) 07/22/2007

ZAMBOANGA CITY — The Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) will not allow recently freed priest Giancarlo Bossi to testify against his abductors.

 

“It’s been our way, our practice [not to file charges]. It’s our way of life,” Fr. Gianni Sandalo, regional superior of the PIME, told reporters on Friday.bossi2.jpg

 

But Bossi, during the press conference here Friday, told reporters that he knew the faces of his captors, and he would report them (kidnappers) to the police “if I see them.”

 

Bossi said he was informed by his captors that they were members of the Abu Sayyaf Group based in Basilan and that the motive of the abduction was to get ransom.

 

Senior Supt. Francisco Cristobal, Zamboanga Sibugay police chief, said Bossi would be the key to the filing of a case against the kidnappers.

 

“We really need his testimony but we cannot force him to do so if he refuses to testify [in court],” Cristobal said.

 

But Cristobal said aside from Bossi, they had other witnesses, like Mike Custodio who was with the Italian priest when the abduction happened.

 

Cristobal named two other persons who allegedly witnessed the abduction.

 

Cristobal said Bossi had already given his testimony during his release, and “it’s enough for us to pursue the case and his captors.”

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