MANILA, Philippines - Malacanang said the government will not give up moves to extradite Aman Futures founder Manuel Amalilio from Malaysia and believes there are laws available to the Philippines to jumpstart the process.
In an interview with radio dzRB, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte cited inaccurate reports claiming that Malaysia has rejected moves to extradite Amalilio, who is currently detained in a Sabah state prison.
She said state fiscals are still on their way there to present the government’s case. She said there is no extradition treaty between the two nations, but “Malaysian laws allow [the extradition] under certain processes.”
A report by the Star Online of Malaysia earlier quoted Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail that “Malaysia would not extradite” Amalilio, known there as Mohammad Kamal Sa’ad.
Earlier, Malaysian authorities already froze Amalilio’s assets due to a request from the Philippines.
"I confirm the reported freezing of Amalilio's assets in Malaysia. Such development is one of the positive outcomes of the recent talks/engagement with Malaysian authorities," de Lima told reporters.
"We made a formal request for such freezing and other forms of assitance under the ASEAN MLAT (Association of Southeast Asian Nations Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty)," she said.
Justice Undersecretary Jose Vicente Salazar and Ambassador to Malaysia J. Eduardo Malaya headed the negotiations.