Interpol, Malaysia help sought to track Aman founder

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 15 2012 12:15 PM | Updated as of Nov 15 2012 09:20 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is now coordinating with Interpol and the Malaysian Embassy in the Philippines in efforts to locate the whereabouts of 32-year old Malaysian Mohammad Suffian Saaid also known as Manuel Amalilio, founder of Aman Futures Group Phils., Inc., a firm being implicated in a P12-billion pyramiding scam. 

The scam has reportedly victimized some 15,000 people, mostly in the Visayas and Mindanao. Some of the victims are reportedly local officials, government employees, and police and military officers.

NBI Director Nonnatus Rojas bared that sightings of Saaid in Malaysia had been reported. 

The NBI sent a notice with the Interpol and Malaysian Embassy on Thursday informing them of the syndicated estafa charges slapped against Saaid at the Dept. of Justice (DOJ).

Rojas said that once Malaysian authorities confirm Saaid's presence in Malaysia, the NBI will request that he be brought here in the Philippines to face the charges in spite of the absence of an extradition treaty and Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) with Malaysia. 

Rojas admitted, however, that requesting for Saaid to be brought here may face a hurdle, considering the there is yet no warrant for his arrest issued by any trial court. 

The DOJ will conduct its own probe into the pyramiding scam and will investigate reports that public funds were also used in the multi-billion peso scam.