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Police nab Abu Sayyaf member with P600,000 bounty

MANILA, Philippines – A member of the Abu Sayyaf Group allegedly involved in the 2000 abduction in Sipadan Island, Malaysia, and other kidnap-for-ransom cases is now detained at the Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame.

Bads Adjam, also known as Pa Malod and Abu Jihad, was arrested in Zamboanga City by joint elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in National Capital Region (NCR) and Zamboanga Peninsula, and the Naval Intelligence and Security Group-Western Mindanao on Thursday, July 21.

The Philippine National Police said in a statement on Saturday, July 23, Adjam was brought to the NCR-CIDG on Friday afternoon. Adjam, who carries  P600,000-reward, was detained at in Camp Crame for documentation and proper disposition before his turnover to the concerned court.

He faces 6 counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention with ransom before Branch 4 of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Parang, Sulu.

In a statement on Saturday, July 23, Police Senior Superintendent Billy Tamayo said Adjam was involved in the kidnapping of 6 Jehovah's Witnesses in Patikul, Sulu, in 2002.

He was also included in a separate criminal case involving the kidnapping of 10 Malaysians, 9 Europeans, and two Filipino resort workers in Sipadan Island, Malaysia, in 2000, which brought the Abu Sayyaf group to international attention. – Rappler.com