KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian government has appealed to Philippine authorities for two detained Abu Sayaf criminals to be extradited to Malaysia.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic) in a parliamentary written reply on Tuesday, however, said that the Philippine government was not bound by any treaty or agreement to adhere to the appeal.
â€œThe two believed to involved in the kidnap and murder of Malaysians in Sabah were arrested by the Philippine National Police (PNP).
â€œUpon receiving information on it, the Malaysian government had submitted an extradition appeal through diplomatic channels to extradite both criminals â€“ Khadafi Muktadil and Saddam Jailani,â€ he said, adding that the appeal was submitted after the Semporna magistrateâ€™s court issued an arrest warrant in December 2015.
Dr Ahmad Zahid added that it was now up to the Philippine government whether they would extradite the wanted criminals.
â€œAs of now, the Philippine government has not given any official response to the extradition appeal but we will keep monitoring the situation with the aid of the Foreign Ministry,â€ he said.
Dr Ahmad Zahid was responding to Sandakan MP Wong Tien Fatt who had asked why Malaysia had not to tried the two wanted criminals who were arrested by the Philippine authorities.