Family accepts death of Abu Sayyaf kidnap victim

Jari Abdullah was kidnapped with two other fishermen, both Indonesians, in the waters of Pegasus Reef in Kinabatangan on Dec 6. (Bernama pic)

SANDAKAN: The family of Jari Abdullah, 34, who was kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf terrorists, has come to terms with his death after he was shot by the militant group in Pulau Simusa, southern Philippines, on April 4.

“We are sad but what can we do? This is his fate.

“We accept his passing,” said the victim’s mother, Zuana Laudiato, 54, when met by reporters after the arrival of Jari’s body here today.

Zuana, who has been accompanied by a representative of the Malaysian foreign ministry in the Philippines since April 5, said upon arriving at the private hospital in Zamboanga, she decided to remove life support for her son after seeing his condition.

“He has gone. Only breathing through a life support machine,” she said.

Zuana said the family would take care of her son’s widow, Nadin Junianti Najiri, 25, who is an Indonesian, and schooling for the late fisherman’s three children, aged one, five and seven.

“I am finally at ease after being able to see my husband’s body for the last time,” said Nadin.

Jari was laid to rest at the Muslim cemetery in Kampung Sim-Sim here at 9.30am after prayers at the village surau.

Present was the Assistant Minister, Ariffin Asgali.

Ariffin said the government will look into the needs of the victim and will extend assistance to lighten the burden of the victim’s family.

The body arrived at Sandakan Airport at 7.50am on a Malaysia Airlines flight.

The victim was kidnapped with two other fishermen, Heri Ardiansyah, 19 and Hariadin, 45, both Indonesians, in the waters of Pegasus Reef in Kinabatangan on Dec 6.

On April 4, Jari was shot by members of Abu Sayyaf while fleeing during a gun battle between the cross-border criminals and Philippine armed forces at Pulau Simusa in Sulu.

The next day, in another shootout at sea, Hariadin was reported to have been killed while Heri was rescued.