Malaysia may extradite Amalilio

by Henry Omaga-Diaz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 25 2013 06:55 PM | Updated as of Mar 26 2013 02:55 AM

MANILA - Alleged conman Manuel Amalilio may be extradited to the Philippines even if there is no formal bilateral extradition treaty between Manila and Kuala Lumpur, new Malaysian Ambassador Zamin Kassim said Monday.

Zamin issued the statement during his courtesy call on Vice President Jejomar Binay.

He cited an existing agreement between ASEAN members that will make this possible.

However, Amalilio, who is in a Sabah prison, has to serve 2/3 of his sentence in Malaysia before he can be extradited.

Binay also thanked the new envor for the Malaysian government's decision to allow the Philippines access to Filipinos arrested in Sabah.

Outbreak of violence in Sabah earlier forced the Department of Justice (DOJ) to suspend efforts to have Amalilio repatriated to the Philippines.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the DOJ mission to retrieve Amalilio, the alleged brains behind the P12-billion Aman Futures scam, was "deferred indefinitely."

Amalilio faces syndicated estafa charges in the Philippines for his firm's alleged scam.

However, his extradition to the Philippines was stalled by a 2-year sentence slapped on him by a Malaysian court for violations of their passport laws.