Malaysia

A-G insists will bring Agbimuddin back to face trial

Gani said Agbimuddin’s nationality had no bearing over Malaysia’s intent to charge him. — File picGani said Agbimuddin’s nationality had no bearing over Malaysia’s intent to charge him. — File picKUALA LUMPUR, March 25 ― Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail has vowed to exhaust all means to extradite Sulu militant chief Agbimuddin Kiram to face charges over the invasion of Lahad Datu in Sabah, The Star reported on its website today.

“I don't care if (he is) Malaysian or not... you commit such an offence and we will go after you,” the Attorney-General was quoted as saying in the report.

Agbimuddin, who is the brother to self-proclaimed Sulu “sultan” Jamalul Kiram III, led a band of over 200 gunmen into Lahad Datu on February 9 after navigating the loosely guarded 40-minute sea passage from the Philippines’ “southern backdoor” to Sabah.

They went on to occupy Kampung Tanduo in the district, in a bid to press the “sultanate’s” claim over the Borneo state.

Despite local authorities’ inaction early on, the incursion eventually escalated into bloody clashes that have so far claimed the lives of 10 local security personnel and a reported 63 Sulu militants. Over 400 people have also been arrested.

But it is unclear whether Agbimuddin was still in Lahad Datu or already outside the country, after reports from the police and armed forces conflicted one another.

Agbimuddin’s role in the invasion was also further raised, after opposition party PKR revealed that he had once been a civil servant in the state, before alleging that he was made a Malaysian citizen as part of the so-called “Project IC” that is being investigated by a Royal Commission of Inquiry.

The Kiram clam later confirmed Agbimuddin’s previous service for the Sabah government but denied, however, that he was a Malaysian citizen.

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