AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- The founder of the Philippine Communist Party, Jose Maria Sison, has been arrested in the Netherlands on charges of orchestrating a pair of homicides.
Dutch National Public Prosecutor John Lucas said the former Communist leader, who relocated to the Netherlands in 1987, had been linked to the deaths of two of his former political associates, Radio Netherlands reported Wednesday.
"He's suspected of involvement in the murder of two people in the Philippines," Lucas said. "We think that he was giving orders to commit the murder of his former political associates in the Philippines -- Arturo Tabara and Romulo Kintanar."
Lucas added that officials in the Philippines have made no effort to have the 66-year-old extradited back to his native land since his arrest.
The New People's Army, the military wing of the Philippine Communist Party, is currently embroiled in a nationwide rebellion that has left 40,000 people dead, Radio Netherlands said.
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