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Manila gunman's brother 'charged'

RTHK 04/09/2011 21:12
Manila gunman's brother 'charged' - Philippines - Manila - crime - hostage situation

It has been reported that the younger brother of the gunman in the Manila tour bus siege has been been charged with being an accomplice in the hijacking - which led to the deaths of seven Hong Kong tourists and their guide.

The report, in the South China Morning Post, says Gregorio Mendoza, a Manila police officer, is accused of conspiring with his brother to take hostages. It had previously been thought that the older Mendoza had acted alone.

The younger brother is said to have denied involvement, and has been released on bail. The report said he handed himself in to the justice department, having earlier told the SCMP that he feared for his life if he was picked up by the Manaila police.