MANILA — Armed Forces Chief Gen. Fabian Ver slipped into a courthouse today to be charged with trying to cover up the military's involvement in the 1983 assassination of opposition leader Benigno S. Aquino Jr.
Ver, 64, a four-star general and trusted aide to President Ferdinand Marcos, eluded photographers as he entered the courthouse, where he was formally charged, fingerprinted and freed on $1,500 bail.
Ver was charged on two counts of accessory to murder in the Aug. 21, 1983, slaying of Aquino--Marco's chief political foe--and of Rolando Galman, the man the military blamed for the slaying.
"We want him to be treated like any other citizen. We don't want to pull rank on anyone," said Ver's lawyer, Prospero Crescini. "He went through the whole process personally, was fingerprinted and posted bail."