|Muslim Imam held for kidnapping, torturing and murdering a Christian priest|
Philippines police said they had arrested a Muslim Imam yesterday for taking part in a mass kidnapping by Muslim extremists in 2000 in which a Catholic priest was killed. The suspect, Abdul Jandul, an alleged member of the Abu Sayyaf extremist group, was arrested by police and military agents on the troubled southern island of Basilan, a police statement said.
Jandul, who also worked as an Arabic teacher in an Islamic school, had a bounty of P350,000 ($8,400) on his head for his alleged role in the kidnapping of 29 teachers and students that resulted in three deaths. The Abu Sayyaf Islamic militants seized the teachers and students including a Claretian priest, Father Rhoel Gallardo, in Basilan in March 2000.