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Philippines: 66 Alleged Militants Convicted in Kidnappings

A Philippine court on Friday found 66 alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf guilty of kidnapping dozens of students, teachers and a Catholic priest in the south in 2000, in the largest single conviction involving the brutal Muslim militant group. The Regional Trial Court branch 261 acquitted for lack of evidence 20 other people who have languished in jail for years while insisting they were innocent in the brazen March 2000 kidnappings of 52 people, mostly young students at two schools on...

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