DFA: Malaysia rejected Amalilio extradition
MANILA (UPDATED) - Manuel Amalilio, the brains behind a P12 billion Ponzi scheme in the Philippines, has been freed by a Malaysian court, the Borneo Post reported Tuesday.
The report said Amalilio, whose Malaysian name is Mohammad Kamal Said, was released by Judge Ainul Shahrin Mohammad "after a representation made by the family of Amalilio...to the Minister of Home Affairs under Section 47 of the Extradition Act 1992 was granted."
Prosecutors said there was an instruction from the Minister of Home Affairs "not to extradite [Amalilio] to the Philippines."
The court then dismissed an application to extradite Amalilio.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed on Tuesday that Malaysia declined the Philippines' request to have manuel amalilio extradited.
"The Malaysian government declined the Philippine government's request for the extradition of Manuel K. Amalilio. This report has been conveyed by the DFA to the DOJ," said DFA spokesman Assistant Secretary Charles Jose.
He said the DOJ is the lead agency in handling the issue.
Amalilio is wanted in the Philippines for duping thousands of Filipinos in a P12 billion Ponzi scheme under his Aman Futures Group Philippines Inc. He, along with other Aman officers and Pagadian City Mayor Samuel Co, is facing criminal charges for syndicated estafa for the firm's alleged pyramiding scam.
The Malaysian fled to Sabah in November 2012 after President Aquino ordered his arrest.
He was then arrested in Kota Kinabalu on January 2013 for carrying a fake passport and ID.
The court later sentenced him to two years imprisonment for carrying a fake passport.
The Aman Futures head was supposed to be extradited to Manila in February 2013 but his deportation was blocked at the last minute.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, who helped the 15,000 Filipino victims bring charges against Amalilio, said no less than Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman blocked the Aman Futures head's repatriation. Musa, however, denied the claim.
A Philippine Star report earlier said Amalilio is Musa’s nephew.
Malaysia’s opposition head Anwar Ibrahim confirmed: “Yes, his mother is Musa’s first cousin. Amalilio’s real name is Kamal bin Said, born in Beaufort, Sabah."
“The mother is Zubaidah Omar, cousin of Chief Minister Musa Aman,” Anwar detailed. “Haji Aman (Musa’s father) and Haji Omar (Zubaidah’s father) are brothers.”
The P12 billion Aman Futures scam is the largest Ponzi scheme in the Philippines to date.