Philippines Opposition leader, Benigno Aquino, again refused to, recognise a military court when it began a third attempt on Tuesday (3 August) to try him on charges of murder, subversion and illegal possession of arms.
GV: court building in Manila
GV: Mr. Aquino enters court
SV: Newsmen in courtroom
SV: Mr. Aquino with lawyers
SV: prosecution officials studying evidence
GV: Military tribunal documents
SV: Military official addresses court
SV: Mr. Aquino listens
GV: Mr. Aquino addresses court as members listen (2 shots)
Mr. Aquino was among the thousands of people arrested at the start of martial law. He was then a senator of the now defunct Liberal Party.
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Philippines Opposition leader, Benigno Aquino, again refused to, recognise a military court when it began a third attempt on Tuesday (3 August) to try him on charges of murder, subversion and illegal possession of arms.
SYNOPSIS: The trial is being held in Manila, four years after Mr. Aquino was detained. He rejected similar tribunals in 1973 and again last year. This time he said the four-man military commission could not be impartial because the officers owed allegiance to President Ferdinand Narcos as their commander-in-chief. The court, whose right to try civilians was recently upheld by the Supreme Court, rejected Mr. Aquino's challenge.
He then made a speech condemning President Marcos' rule and the imposition of martial law. Before his arrest Mr. Aquinos was a likely presidential contender but now, if he's convicted he could face a firing squad. The court has entered pleas of not guilty to the six charges and adjourned to a date to be decided to hear the evidence.