Amalilio assets in Malaysia frozen, says De Lima

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Saturday that the assets in Malaysia of alleged investment scam mastermind Manuel Amalilio have been frozen by Malaysian authorities.

De Lima said in a press statement that this was one of the outcomes of the talks held last Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur between Malaysia’s Attorney General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail and, on the Philippine side, Justice Undersecretary Jose Vicente Salazar who was assisted by Philippine Ambassador J. Eduardo Malaya and two other embassy officials.

“After the meeting, the Attorney General, who is also the chair of a high-level task force administering the freezing of assets of suspected criminals in Malaysia, immediately ordered the freezing of Amalilio’s assets, such as company shares, stocks, land assets, etc.,” De Lima said.

She said the Philippine government made a formal request for the freezing and other forms of assistance under the 2004 Treaty of Mutual Legal Assistance on Criminal Matters signed by Malaysia, the Philippines and other Association of Southeast Asian Nations members.

According to her, one other outcome of the talks in Kuala Lumpur was that Amalilio could be extradited to the Philippines even before he completes his two-year prison sentence for fraud charges.

“The Philippine government can have Amalilio extradited and brought to the Philippines even before full service of his two-year sentence. The Philippines can avail of the extradition process even if we do not have an extradition treaty. And, in such a process, we understand that Amalilio’s citizenship is not an issue and both sides can cooperate,” De Lima said.

This was in complete contradiction with Malaysian media reports quoting a statement from the Attorney General that he had denied Philippine officials’ request for Amalilio’s extradition since he was reportedly a Malaysian citizen.

De Lima said the Malaysian attorney general also gave an assurance that pending his final extradition or turn over to Philippines, Amalilio would be held in jail and both sides can “work out possible access” to him for Filipino police investigators and prosecutors.

Three members of parliament from Malaysia were in Manila on Friday to gather facts about the Amalilio case in the Philippines as part of their inquiry into allegations Malaysian government officials conspired to protect Amalilio and were instrumental in blocking his turnover to the Philippine authorities last month.

 

The MPs, who belong to opposition People’s Justice Party, said the Philippine government should question in the Malaysian courts the hastiness in convicting Amalilio. It should also be ascertained who, minutes before the deportation, had accused Amalilio of having a fake Philippine passport, which was the basis of his conviction.

“It looks as if the hastiness in pushing it through, in keeping him two years in jail, was a deliberate conspiracy to stop him from being deported and face trial in the Philippines. It seems people in higher authorities are involved,” MP Chua Tian Chang, PJP vice president, said in a television interview.

“The circumstances suggest intervention at a very high level. When the process was just about to be concluded you have the chief police officer of Sabah giving instructions to block the deportation. The judge actually goes to the hospital and he has the charge read to [Amalilio], and he pleads guilty and is immediately sentenced to jail. It’s highly unusual,” added MP Sivirasa Rasiah.

“If the Malaysians are saying that he has a false Filipino passport then where’s the evidence to that? And who should be verifying that? The Philippine authorities,” he said.

According to the MPs’ investigation, Amalilio’s mother was a first cousin of Sabah’s chief minister Musa Aman, whose brother Anifa is the Malaysian federal foreign minister. The Amans are also connected through marriage with the attorney general, the MPs added.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lou-Pardini/100000793467184 Lou Pardini

    Dapat mas mabigat talaga ang parusa sa mga drunk driver, parang sa US. 
    In LA daw:

    Informal, or summary, probation for three to five years;1. Six months in the county jail;2. Six months license suspension;3. A fine of $1,000 plus penalty assessment, or a total of $2,710, (the minimum is $390 plus penalty assessment); (The “penalty assessment” is a state tax created by statute in the late 1960s, and is now larger than the fine. Currently, the penalty assessment is 171% of the fine, meaning that on a $100 fine, the total payment is $271 – almost triple the original fine. Current legislation pending will increase the penalty assessment).Contribution of $100 to the California State Restitution Fund;Proof of enrollment in, and proof of completion at, a Level 1, or AB-541 Alcohol Education Program;4. An “Alcohol Abuse Prevention” fee of $50.005. A “Blood Alcohol Content” testing fee of $37.006. A $20.00 Court Security Fee

  • tea tinio

    we need marantan here. if marantan was in charge, amalilio wont even reach any check point.

  • bogli_anakdami

    hoy abugung gong de lima, naniwala ka naman doon?

    mag-launch ka ng “probe” kung totoo yan…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JJ3EVCTQXRCB24IEJDP7G5YTB4 Jerry

      ang bastos mo talaga gumawa ng reply…. wala na ako masabi sa iyo.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UQXLAHQCCIEO3WMCTNZSWIE3AI Lagotka

      Born loser! Jobless born loser! Hang yourself!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UQXLAHQCCIEO3WMCTNZSWIE3AI Lagotka

    This is addresssed to bogli_anakdami:
    “Hey born loser! Get a good job instead of writing stupid comments! Or hang yourself!”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WNJTQYHM4B5XMJAU6PCPFHYSSQ Francisco

    Can we really trust the members of the Malaysian parliament that de Lima is referring to? Or, do these members of the parliament carry weight in their country?

    This incident should be exposed in the ASEAN region and shame the Malaysian public officials for its downright corruption, treachery, and protecting a criminal. Pass this incident to all newspapers in the region!

  • PepingCo

    Another presscon from Daldalima without any proof or details to tell whatsover. This does not give any hope for those people who were scammed by Amalilio. If Daldalima can cite amounts, bank names, asset names and locations, then this can provide a solid proof to back up Daldalima’s fast tongue. So what is the DoJ going to do then to get those frozen assets? Wait till they are dessipated by Amalilio’s Malaysian relatives? More actions than words Madame Daldalima!

  • PepingCo

    By the way, search the internet for news coming from Malaysian news themselves if Amalilio’s assets were frozen and you won’t find any. All news are coming from Manila based on the press release of Daldalima. Speaks for the kind of officials we have whose mouths are so fast to pronounce unverifiable news.

  • avmphil

    Malaysia’s failure to extradite a fraudulent guy and the subsequent closure of his bank accounts (if that’s the case) clearly undermines our efforts to get a wanted criminal  to face justice. And look at the names these rascal profess, a Muslim in Malaysia and a Christian in the Philippines. Failure to bring him and to recover the loot probably is the end game for the Authorities and the victims. 

    As I mention before, Malaysia had never shown sincerity in many aspects, especially with the rebellion in the South and the Sabah question. For the sake of peace, we gave way to them to sit at the table when it’s purely an internal conflict ( on the rebellion). Now they stab our back and welcome a wanted man. Anyway a cheater won’t hide too long.

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