Police want Kiram extradited

(Bernama) The police will have Sulu terrorist chief Azzimudie Kiram or Agbimuddin extradited from the Philippines to face prosecution in Malaysia, said Sabah Police Commissioner Hamza Taib.

He said Azzimudie, as mentioned by Inspector-General of Police Ismail Omar, had led the Sulu intrusion in Lahad Datu and was now believed to be back in the Philippines.

“Even if he is there (in the Philippines), we do not face any problem because we have undertaken an investigation under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 against those under detention.

“We will compile the evidence and use the legal channel to have Azzimudie extradited to face charges in our country,” he told a news conference at the Felda Sahabat plantation, near here.

Ismail and Chief of Defence Forces Gen Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin, at a joint news conference in Kota Kinabalu yesterday, said Azzimudie is believed to have fled to the Philippines.

Meanwhile, security forces picked up an unarmed Sulu terrorist in the Ops Daulat offensive zone at the Felda Sahabat plantation at 6.30 am today and believe less than 50 terrorists are still there.

Hamza, who disclosed this at the news conference, said the detained terrorist, who had no identification papers on him, was taken to the police station for questioning.

He said the terrorist was held under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, but he did not reveal the exact location where he was picked up.

So far 104 individuals had been arrested under the act while 232 people were being held under different laws.

Hamza said 61 terrorists had been killed since March 1 when the terrorists killed two policemen. Six more policemen and two soldiers have also been killed
in clashes with the terrorists.

The government launched the Ops Daulat offensive on March 5 after the terrorists, who rejected a negotiated settlement of their intrusion into Sabah on Feb 12, started attacking the security forces.

Hamza said the security forces’ mopping-up exercise in Kampung Tanjung Batu was expected to be completed by tomorrow.

He advised villagers and newsmen against entering the village as it was suspected that the terrorists were moving about in small groups.

“We need the cooperation of the people in channelling information to the security forces so that we can eliminate the remaining terrorists,” he said.

Hamza said the security forces were also working to remove 10 bodies of terrorists still in the village.

He explained that only 15 terrorists were killed by security forces in a clash in Kampung Tanduo on March 1, and not 27 as reported by some media today.

“On March 1, twelve terrorists were killed in a clash. During the mopping-up exercise, we came across three more bodies, raising to 15 the number killed on that day,” he said.