ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Malaysian police turned down the extradition of an arrested former Filipino cop, wanted for his alleged involvement in the kidnapping of an Australian national four years ago in the Philippines.
Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman, in a statement Monday on The Rakyat Post, said there is no existing memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Filipino counterpart for any extradition of criminal unless done by government to government.
Jalaluddin was referring to local reports in the Philippines that the police Anti-Kidnapping Group has reportedly dispatched a team to take custody of former policeman Jun Malban, who was arrested in Lahad Datu.
Malban, who went absent without leave from his duty, went into hiding in Malaysia but was arrested April 28 for violation of immigration laws.
Malban has a standing warrant of arrest for kidnapping with ransom issued by Judge Josefino Bael of Regional Trial Court Branch 24 based in Ipil town, Zamboanga Sibugay.
The case stemmed when Malban was allegedly identified by former kidnap victim Richard Warren Rodwell as the negotiator and spokesman for the Abu Sayyaf during his captivity during the alias of Michael Soo.
Rodwell was seized from his house in a village of Ipil last December 2011 and released on March 23, 2012 after payment of ransom.