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Malaysian court jails Aman scam mastermind

Manuel Karingal Amalilio: Jailed in Malaysia Contributed photo

KOTA KINABALU—A Malaysian man accused of cheating 15,000 people in a massive pyramid scheme in the Philippines has been jailed for two years by the Magistrate’s Court here.

Businessman Mohammad Kamal Sa’ad, 47, who is known in the Philippines as Manuel Karingal Amalilio, pleaded guilty on Monday after being charged under Section 12(1) (d) of the Passport Act 1966, which provides a fine of up to 10,000 Malaysian ringgits (about P132,000) or jail terms of up to five years or both.

According to the facts of the case tendered by prosecuting officer Insp. Azwal Azman, Mohammad Kamal was found to be in possession of a Philippine passport under the name of Manuel Karingal Amalilio on Jan. 25, at about 5.30 p.m. at the departure hall of Terminal 2, Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) here.

He was charged before Magistrate Nuruhuda Mohd Yusof at the male medical ward of the Queen Elizabeth hospital here where he is undergoing treatment for a liver ailment.

A police team also found on Mohammad Kamal a MyKad identity card bearing his name.

Further police investigations found that he had fraudulently obtained the Philippine passport.

In seeking a lighter sentence for his client, counsel Hairul V. Othman said Mohammad Kamal was a first-time offender who was remorseful of his actions.

Comply with procedures

Earlier, Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib said Malaysia was willing to hand over Mohammad Kamal, who is wanted by Philippine authorities.

Hamza said proper procedures under Asean’s Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 2002 had to be complied with before they could hand over Amalilio.

He said police received an application from the Philippine government to pick up Mohammad Kamal but this had to be rejected as they had not gone through the procedure according to the Act.

The application letter has to go through the Philippine justice secretary and the Department of Foreign Affairs before it is handed over to Malaysia’s foreign ministry, attorney general and police, he said.

Mohammad Kamal is alleged to have operated a company called Aman Futures Group in the Philippines. He claimed to be a nephew of Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman and Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Anifah Aman, while luring thousands of Filipino investors into his investment scheme offering 67 percent in returns.

He fled the Philippines for Sabah last November immediately after President Aquino  ordered his arrest as over 15,000 investors were cheated of around P12 billion (RM895 million) under the scam.

‘Distant relative’

Musa was quoted in an online news report as saying that Mohammad Kamal was a “distant relative” but this should not be a hindrance for any action against him.

He said the Sabah government did not and would not intervene in this matter.

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Tags: court , Crime and Law and Justice , Global Nation , Malaysia , Manuel Karingal Amalilio , Mohammad Kamal Sa’ad , Philippines , Pyramid Scheme , scam

  • garcia677

    Secretary de Lima the officials of Malaysia directed the Philippine Government to comply with the existing law so do it before yakking in the press. If their statement is genuine that you failed to play by the procedure then walk the talk not prescon because there’s the rule of law to be followed. You’re a lawyer a bar topnotcher at that so you ought to set the ensample.

  • dorothyanne88

    The Philippine gov’t it seems is run by incompetent officials like de Lima who is ignorant about the Aseans’ Mutual Assistance on criminal matters act 2002 thus making her a gobbledygook in the foreign world for her rhetoric that’s devoid of action. Had she knew of this law and faithfully abided then Amaililio is at the prison bars awaiting trial for his heinous offense. It’s a blessing that she wasn’t appointed as CJ of the SC for it would had been a judicial catastrophe if ever it happened.

    • rjimenez1226

      The corrupt Sabah authorities are  clearly  trying to  spring the guy from Philippine justice.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5STEU22AD7YRHQSB6RE56ZDSYA J

    Halatang halata na may nakuhang plea bargain deal itong is amalilio sa malaysia. Naluto na yung kaso. Paanong sasabihin fake ang PH passport niya e sabi ni De Lima ang PH passport siya totoo. Kahit pa 10-years ang pagkulong at 50million pesos ang multa nakangisi siya sa loob ng kulungan. Lumalangoy naman ngayon sa salapi yung abugado niya.
    Kung ganyan din kakurap ang Malaysia at walang konsiderasyun sa panloloko ng tao nila (amalilio) kung talagang malaysian siya, sa mga pinoy dapat isulong na yung pagbawi ng Sabah. Pending na kaso yun sa UN hangang ngayon.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    pogi talaga ni aman cute!

  • 11koji11

    ligtas sa kamay ng batas ..niluto ,,, pagdating sa presohan buhay datu yan…..kawawang pinoy…pustahan tayo..pagiinitan ang mga kamaganak niyan dito…mga muslim ba naman or kapwa muslim ang binangga niyo…..expect bloodshed…


    Hahaha, naisahan na naman ang pinas ni aman. Mas maganda ang jail sa malaysia kaysa bilibid. Baka 2 years probation pa yon. hahahahaha.

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