Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Extradition of Aman Scam Mastermind

The Department of Justice Monday suspended the extradition proceedings against Aman Futures founder Manuel Amalilio because of the ongoing conflict between the Sultanate of Sulu and the Malaysian forces.

Amalilio is the alleged "brains""behind the P12-billion pyramiding scam that duped 15,000 victims in Visayas and Mindanao committed by the Aman Futures Group Philippines, Inc.

He was arrested in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia for possession of fraudulent Malaysian passport and identification card and was subsequently sentenced to a two-year jail sentence in February this year.

Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima Monday said it is not yet the right time for the DOJ team to talk with the Malaysian government for the extradition of Amalilio.

The DOJ team headed by Justice Undersecretary Jose Vicente Salazar and Prosecutor General Claro A. Arellano was supposed to travel to Malaysia Tuesday (March 12) and stay there until March 15, but it was cancelled Monday.

De Lima said the situation is still volatile at the moment and the talks with their Malaysian counterparts may not bring about positive results.

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