Philippines courts-martial ordered for 30 military officers in failed coup plot

[JURIST] Thirty Philippine military officers will face courts-martial on mutiny charges in connection with their alleged involvement in a February coup plot [JURIST report] to overthrow the government of Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [official website; JURIST news archive], a general told a news conference on Sunday. The general indicated that the decision to proceed with courts-martial against the officers, a group that includes two generals, is part of a larger Philippine effort to curb so-called "adventurism," the willful disobeyance of official orders, which has characterized the Filipino military's willingness to participate in many coup attempts over the past few decades. Over 100 soldiers were initially under investigation [JURIST report] for possible court-martial charges related to the failed coup attempt.

In May, a Philippine court dismissed charges [JURIST report] against five lawmakers accused of plotting the coup. Reuters has more. The Manila Times has local coverage.



 

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