Monday, 24 November 2014

Putrajaya mulls extraditing Sabah, Sarawak secessionists living abroad

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 24 — The federal government will look into the possibility of extraditing Malaysians citizen living overseas for instigating talks of Sabah and Sarawak’s secession from Malaysia, Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Jaafar said today.

The deputy home minister told the Dewan Rakyat today that the police have investigated reports lodged against a group called “Sabah-Sarawak Keluar Malaysia (SSKM)”, which allegedly sparked discussions on the possibility of secession involving the two east Malaysian states.

Wan Junaidi said the Attorney-General’s Chambers is currently reviewing the investigation papers and will look into the extradition process if there is sufficient evidence for prosecution.

Wan Junaidi was responding to a question by Barisan Nasional’s (BN) Silam MP Datuk Datu Nasrun Datu Mansur, who alleged that the group is becoming more vocal with the support of Malaysians abroad, citing those in the United Kingdom (UK) specifically.

“We have good relations with authorities in England, so this can be done but what is an offence here must be an offence there and they must reciprocate then only extradition can happen,” said the deputy minister.

Malaysia does not have an extradition treaty with the UK. Extraditions between the two countries also require the element of double criminality.

Instigating secession is considered seditious under Malaysian law. The UK abolished sedition as an offence in 2010.

The SSKM Facebook page has jumped from 900 over “likes” to more than 5,300 in the 10 days after the first police report against the group on September 2.

A SSKM “closed group” has over 24,000 members, including a state minister, former chief minister and journalists.


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