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Kiram uncle killed by Malaysian forces, says Idjirani

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Urban poor members carry 10 ft (3m) long wooden crosses during the start of their 'Calvary of the Poor' protest in front of a Catholic church in Manila March 27, 2013. The group aims to dramatize and simulate the flagellation and carrying of the cross of Jesus Christ as a reminder that the current sufferings of the poor is a continuation of the sufferings of Jesus Christ, according to the group's statement.  (MNS photo)

Urban poor members carry 10 ft (3m) long wooden crosses during the start of their ‘Calvary of the Poor’ protest in front of a Catholic church in Manila March 27, 2013. The group aims to dramatize and simulate the flagellation and carrying of the cross of Jesus Christ as a reminder that the current sufferings of the poor is a continuation of the sufferings of Jesus Christ, according to the group’s statement. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Mar 27 (Mabuhay) — The uncle of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III of Sulu was killed by Malaysian forces, a spokesperson said.

Lawyer Abraham Idjirani said Kiram’s brother Raja Muda Agbimmudin Kiram called in to confirm the death of their uncle, Ustaj Janjam Sale in Semporna, Sabah.

He said Malaysian forces arrested Sales days ago, claiming he was a member of the royal army that entered Lahad Datu in February to lay claim over Sabah.

He said, however, that Sale has nothing to do with the conflict. The latter has been living in Sabah since 1990.

They also fear that another relative arrested will have the same fate. Idjirani said Malaysian authorities continue to detain Datu Amel Bahar Sin Kiram, son of Sultan Bantilan Esmail Kiram II.

Despite all these, the royal army still refuses to lift a unilateral ceasefire. The ceasefire was a result of the United Nations’ call. (MNS)

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