THE Philippine authorities have been urged to extradite two detained Abu Sayyaf criminals to Malaysia.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic) said the Philippine government was not bound by any treaty or agreement to adhere to the appeal by the Malaysian Government.
“The two are believed to be involved in the kidnap and murder of Malaysians in Sabah and were arrested by the Philippine National Police (PNP).
“Upon receiving information on it, the Malaysian Government submitted an extradition appeal through diplomatic channels to extradite both criminals – Khadafi Muktadil and Saddam Jailani,” he said in a written reply.
He said the appeal was submitted after the Semporna magistrate’s court issued an arrest warrant in December 2015.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said it was now up to the Philippine government whether to extradite them to Malaysia.
“As of now, the Philippine government has not given any official response,” he said.
Dr Ahmad Zahid was responding to Sandakan MP Wong Tien Fatt who asked why Malaysia had not tried the two men arrested by the Philippine authorities.
Saddam, Khadafi and his brother Mindas were involved in the kidnapping of restaurant manager Thien Nyuk Fun and Sarawakian tourist Bernard Then from Ocean King Seafood Restaurant in Sandakan on May 14 last year.
Thien was released on Nov 8 but Then was beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf on Nov 17.
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