DOJ orders release of Marawi vice mayor

The Department of Justice on Friday ordered the release of arrested Marawi City Vice Mayor Arafat Salic during inquest proceeding.

Senior State Prosecutor Peter Ong said that Salic will undergo preliminary investigation instead.

Under the Rules of Court, an inquest in cases of warrantless arrests is only proper when suspects are caught in the act of committing or about to commit a crime, or those caught following hot pursuit.

But Ong disclosed that Salic was neither arrested while in the act of committing a crime nor he was a subject of a hot pursuit.

The prosecutor further noted the inconsistencies in the witnesses’ testimonies against Salic, like the distance from where the witnesses supposedly saw him, the date and time, and the presence of a flag of the Maute group, the Islamic State-linked militant organization that led the five-month siege.

Salic was arrested by cops and soldiers from the 82nd Infantry Battalion at the Marawi City Hall around 10 am for rebellion in connection with the Marawi City siege.

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