Misuari seeks court permission to go on pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia
Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chair Nur Misuari has asked the Sandiganbayan 3rd Division for permission to go on a pilgrimage in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.
In a recent motion to travel, Misuari asked for authority to leave the country from May 23 to June 15.
Misuari said he planned to undertake an “umra” or pilgrimage in observance of the holy month of Ramadan.
“He is a devout Muslim, a political and religious leader looked upon by his people as a role model in observing the teachings of the Holy Quran and in observing the five pillars of Islam among them making a pilgrimage to the holy land of Mecca,” read the motion.
“That he is most desirous of further strengthening his faith by attending the holy activity which he considers to be obligatory,” it added.
Misuari also argued he was not a flight risk.
The Sandiganbayan previously allowed him to go to attend two events of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and Rabat, Morocco last March.
Misuari’s cases in the Sandiganbayan concerned the alleged purchase of P77.26 million worth of educational materials which turned out to be non-existent. This happened in 2000 and 2001, which he was regional governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).