Prosecutors in the Philippines filed charges today in the biggest and bloodiest murder case in the country’s history after the apparently politically motivated massacre of 57 people.
Justice Department prosecutors said Andal Ampatuan Snr – the head of a powerful family – and a total of 195 others, including security forces, were part of a conspiracy to ambush and kill members of the rival Mangudadatu family.
They were gunned down on November 23 on a hilltop in Maguindanao province.
Among those killed were 30 journalists and their staff who were going to cover the filing of candidacy papers for the May elections.
Before Tuesday’s indictment, only Ampatuan Snr’s son and namesake, Andal Ampatuan Jnr, had been charged.