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PAPAR, May 25, 2015:

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman denied any partnership with their Filipino counterparts on the extradition of a former policeman wanted for his alleged involvement in a four-year-old kidnapping.

“There is no MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) between the Malaysian and Philippines police to extradite anyone, and if there is, it should be done via a government-to-government basis.

“They cannot simply come in and take the criminal back, it’s illegal,” he said, alluding to the Philippines’ police force.

Jalaluddin said this when met after visiting the Sri Pritchard Old Folks Home in Kinarut, today, in conjunction with the police 208th anniversary.

He was commenting on a news report by the Philippine-based news portal GMA News Online on their law enforcement authorities’ ‘visit to Malaysia last week to take custody of a former policeman arrested for his alleged involvement in the 2011 kidnapping of Australian national Warren Rodwell in Zamboanga Sibugay.

According to the news report, Jun A. Malban, who was arrested by Malaysian authorities in Lahad Datu, last month, has a pending arrest warrant for kidnapping for ransom issued by their Regional Trial Court B Zamboanga.

The news report said that Rodwell was abducted by the notorious Abu Sayyaf group in Ipil town in December 2011 and was released on March 23, 2013.

Malban, who was allegedly using the alias Michael Soo/Zue, was identified by Rodwell as the negotiator and spokesperson of the Abu Sayyaf during his captivity.

When further asked to confirm the news report, Jalaluddin replied: “You believe such news? All I can say is the Philippines law enforcement authorities cannot simply come in and “take” a suspect detained in this country.

“It has to be through the agreement between both governments, not between the security forces.”

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