MANILA, Philippines - Malaysia has no plans to extradite Manuel Karingal Amalilio (aka Mohammad Kamal Sa'ad), who is wanted by Philippine authorities for allegedly swindling 15,000 Filipinos of P12 billion (S$1.2 billion) in a fraudulent investment scheme, but who has been sentenced to two years' imprisonment by a Sabah court for possession of a fake Philippine passport.
In a statement reported in Malaysia's Star newspaper on Saturday, Attorney General Abdul Gani Patail said Malaysia would not extradite "Mohammad Kamal" since he is a Malaysian citizen holding a valid and active identification card.
However, relevant authorities have been directed to check and freeze all financial records and assets belonging to Amalilio and his associates, the Star quoted Gani as saying.
In the same statement, Gani said the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur had requested Amalilio's extradition.
He said Philippine Justice Undersecretary Jose Vincent B. Salazar had also requested that the Malaysian government freeze Amalilio's assets, savings and investments and those owned by people related to him.
He also said that the Attorney General's Chambers had received a formal request from the Philippines' Department of Justice to hand over Amalilio to the Philippines under the ASEAN Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act of 2004.
Gani said the request was being handled by the international affairs division of the Attorney General's Chambers, a separate court for the states of Sabah and Sarawak which deals with civil law matters affecting the two state governments.
The attorney general, the principal legal adviser to the government of Malaysia as well as being the country's highest ranking public prosecutor, also heads the Attorney General's Chambers.