The Philippines National Police have confirmed a decapitated head found near a cathedral on the island of Jolo was that of Canadian Robert Hall, 68., who was executed by Islamic militant group Abu Sayyaf last week.
Hall was captured by Abu Sayyaf in September 2015 with three others and was killed after a ransom deadline was failed to be paid by the Canadian government. Samples taken from the head matched the DNA profile of Hall supplied by a Canadian forensics laboratory.
After the beheading, Hall’s family said that they initially supported Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s directive that money should not be paid to hostage takers.
“Our family, even in our darkest hour, agrees wholeheartedly with Canada’s policy of not paying ransom,” the Hall family said in a statement.
Hall’s death came after fellow Canadian John Ridsel was also executed by Abu Sayyaf in April.
JOIN THE MOVEMENT to SAVE THE NATIONAL ANTHEM
Please join the thousands of DML readers who have purchased a bumper sticker. CLICK HERE.
If you would like to receive Breaking News text alerts on a smartphone or tablet, download the DML APP which is completely FREE and easy to use. Go to the Google Play Store or the IOS App Store and search for DML APP. Be sure to keep the app’s notifications setting on. Another way to receive alerts is to text to 40404 the following message: follow @realdennislynch (be sure to put a space between the word follow and the @ symbol).
To see more stories like this, sign up below for Dennis Michael Lynch’s email newsletter.
Sign up to get breaking news alerts from Dennis Michael Lynch.
Brussels Terror Threat False Alarm or Dry Run