Palace: Counsels head to Malaysia for Amalilio’s extradition-A A +A
Monday, February 11, 2013
MALACANANG clarified Monday that the Philippine government is still starting the extradition process to bring Aman Futures founder Manuel Amalilio back to country.
The palace made the clarification amid reports that Justice Secretary Leila De Lima’s request to extradite Amililio was rejected by the Malaysian government.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the reports were inaccurate since state counsels have just left for Malaysia to work with the extradition.
Valte said that while the Philippines has no extradition treaty with Malaysia, extradition can still be allowed under their existing process.
Kasi kahit, ito po, kahit wala po tayong extradition treaty with Malaysia, Malaysian law allows extradition under certain processes. So pupunta pa lang po ‘yung ating state counsels doon para simulan po ‘yung formal extradition process," Valte said.
Earlier, the Malaysian government froze Amalilio’s assets in connection with his multi-billion peso pyramiding scam in the Philippines.
"Yes. First, the assets have been frozen and; second, yes, it is inaccurate. There were some inaccurate reports in some of the broadsheets that the request for extradition was rejected,” Valte said in a press conference. (Sunnex)