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Missing Japanese Treasure Hunter Stays With Captors 7 years 8 months ago #7127

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By AARON B. RECUENCO

MANILA, Philippines — While everybody would tremble in fear and seek immediate freedom from the clutches of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), Japanese treasure hunter Katayama Mamaito has seemingly found his home with his captors in the jungles of Sulu.

Intelligence reports said that the 63-year-old Japanese is no longer interested with his liberty and opted to remain with the bandit group, said Senior Superintendent Antonio Freyra, director of the Sulu police.

“The information we received was that the negotiation for his release is no longer being pursued because he himself has been refusing to leave his captors,” said Freyra in a phone interview.

Mamaito, who has been living in Sulu for at least five years before he was seized, was forcibly taken in the island town of Pangutaran also in Sulu in July last year.

Initial reports last year revealed that Mamaito was seen cooking for his ASG captors, triggering speculations that he has already been sympathizing with his captors.

Freyra said that one of the reasons they are looking at why Mamaito does not want to leave the ASG is the criminal case he is facing before a local court in Marawi City.

But what further puzzled the policemen was that the case is just a simple case of trespass to dwelling.

“He is not an Abu Sayyaf, he just wants to be with the group,” said Freyra.

Earlier, Freyra said they are checking on reports that the Indian captive of the ASG in Sulu, Biju Kolara Veetil, was already executed.

The extremist ASG has been the subject of aggressive police and military operation in Basilan and Sulu, the group’s remaining bailiwicks. The group’s number has started to dwindle since the death of its key leaders like Khadaffy Janjalani.

A Malaysian gecko trader, Mohammad Nassarudin Bensaidin, is still in the clutches of ASG in Sulu while retired Australian soldier Warren Rodwell, is in another ASG group in Basilan after he was kidnapped in mainland Mindanao in December last year.

Courtesy Manila Bulletin
“Treasure – If it’s out there, we’re going to find it!” (Tommy Vawter)
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Re: Missing Japanese Treasure Hunter Stays With Captors 7 years 2 months ago #9585

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After what the Japs did to Filipino's, ASG must be getting soft to let him live .... they are a bunch of rats there in the islands. As a whole, I hate 'em and their laws. They are liars and scammers. But if you get in good with a political or rich family....then they can be good to know, but you can't trust them.
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