‘They can’t simply come in and take a criminal back’ ( East Malaysia )

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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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


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Warren Rodwell – Wikipedia

Warren Richard Rodwell (born June 16, 1958 [62] Homebush NSW) [63] a former soldier [64] in the Australian Army, and university English teacher,[65] grew up in Tamworth NSW [66] He was shot through the right hand when seized [67] from his home at Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugayon the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines on December 5, 2011 [68] by Abu Sayyaf (ASG) militants.[69] Rodwell later had to have a finger amputated.[70]

The ASG threatened to behead Rodwell [71] if the original ransom demand for $US2 million was not paid.[72] Both the Philippine and Australian governments had strict policies of refusing to pay ransoms.[73] Australia formed a multi-agency task force to assist the Philippine authorities, and liaise with Rodwell’s family.[74] A news blackout was imposed.[75] Filipino politicians helped negotiate the release.[76] After the payment of $AUD94,000 [77] for “board and lodging” expenses [78] by his siblings, Rodwell was released 472 days later on March 23, 2013.[79] The incumbent Australian prime minister praised the Philippines government for securing Rodwell’s release. Tribute was also made to Australian officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Australian Federal Police and Defence.[80] Rodwell subsequently returned to Australia.[81]

As part of the 2015 Australia Day Honours, Australian Army Lieutenant Colonel Paul Joseph Barta was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) for outstanding devotion to duty as the Assistant Defence Attaché Manila during the Australian whole of government response to the Rodwell kidnap for ransom (and immediately following, the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan). At the 2015 Australian Federal Police Foundation Day award ceremony in Canberra, fourteen AFP members received the Commissioners’ Group Citation for Conspicuous Conduct for their work in support of the Philippine National Police and Australian Government efforts to release Australian man Warren Rodwell.[82]

By the end of his 15 months as a hostage in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Rodwell had lost about 30 kilograms in weight due to starvation,[83] His biography 472 Days Captive of the Abu Sayyaf – The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell by independent researcher Dr Robert (Bob) East was published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, United Kingdom (2015) ISBN 1-4438-7058-7 [84]

In January 2015, Mindanao Examiner newspaper reported the arrest of Barahama Ali [85] kidnap gang sub-leaders linked to the kidnapping of Warren Rodwell, who was seized by at least 5 gunmen (disguised as policemen), and eventually handed over or sold by the kidnappers to the Abu Sayyaf in Basilan province.[86]

In May 2015, ex-Philippine National Police (PNP) officer Jun A. Malban was arrested in Kota Kinabalu Malaysia for the crime of “Kidnapping for Ransom” after Rodwell identified him as the negotiator/spokesperson of the Abu Sayyaf Group during his captivity. Further PNP investigation revealed that Malban is the cousin of Abu Sayyaf leaders Khair Mundos and Borhan Mundos. The director of the Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) stated that Malban’s arrest resulted from close coordination by the PNP, National Bureau of Investigation (Philippines) and Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission with the Malaysian counterparts and through Interpol. [87]


Back row / 3rd from left - Warren Rodwell 1969 Under 11 West Tamworth Public School rugby league team

Back row / 3rd from left – Warren Rodwell 1969 Under 11 West Tamworth Public School rugby league team

Warren Rodwell : 3rd row / 5th from left 1969 aged 11 @ Tamworth West Public School NSW Australia

Warren Rodwell : 3rd row / 5th from left 1969 aged 11 @ Tamworth West Public School NSW Australia

3rd row / 1st on right aged 9 1967 - Tamworth West Public School

Warren Rodwell : 3rd row / 1st on right 1967 aged 9 @ Tamworth West Public School NSW Australia

Australian Government won’t compensate kidnap victim Warren Rodwell

Threatened with beheading, starved and held hostage for 472 days, but government won’t compensate kidnapped Australian as incident wasn’t OFFICIALLY a ‘terror event’


  • Australian Warren Rodwell was held hostage for 472 days and feared his Abu Sayyaf captors would behead him
  • He was freed in March 2013 after his family successfully managed to raise a ransom 
  • Now he fears he will not receive Victims of Terrorism Overseas compensation 
  • Unless Prime Minister Tony Abbott decides otherwise, his kidnapping is not listed as a ‘declared terrorist event’ 
  • ASIO has officially declared Abu Sayyaf as a terrorist organisation


By Daniel Piotrowski for Daily Mail Australia  Published: 16:58 EST, 6 April 2015 | Updated: 21:15 EST, 6 April 2015

He was held against his will in a foreign jungle for 472 days and feared his al-Qaeda linked captors would behead him.

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Now more than two years since Australian Warren Rodwell finally staggered to freedom from the clutches of the Filipino terror group Abu Sayyaf, he believes he may be in for another fight.

In an interview with Daily Mail Australia, Mr Rodwell said he fears the Federal government will not award him Victims of Terror Overseas compensation. Under Australian law, the survivors and families of victims of overseas attacks can claim up to $75,000 in compensation. But for that to happen, Prime Minister Tony Abbott would have to declare his kidnapping a terrorist event.

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Despite an official from the Attorney-General’s Department (AGD) lauding his courage and referring a petition from him to Mr Abbott’s office, the kidnapping victim is sceptical it will see action.

The AGD did not place any timeframe on when he should expect Mr Abbott to decide on his case


‘The prime minister has no time for doing things like this,’ Mr Rodwell told Daily Mail Australia – who attributed part of his situation to his low public profile.

Islamist militants posing as policemen abducted Mr Rodwell from his home in the Philippines by gunpoint on December 5, 2011. He was released in March 2013 after his family managed to raise a significant ransom and has spent time since recovering from his physical and psychological injuries.

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A government media blackout was enforced during his captivity. The kidnapping victim said he was a ‘little bitter’ this year that other Australians trapped overseas have obtained considerable attention, including Kalynda Davis, the Bali Nine drug smugglers and journalist Peter Greste.

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‘I got no attention because I wasn’t female and I wasn’t a convicted drug smuggler and I wasn’t a recognised person in society – just one of these ordinary people.’

Some of the ‘declared terror events’ where Australian victims or families are eligible for compensation include the September 11 attacks, Bali and London bombings and the siege at the Westgate Mall in Kenya.


ASIO has officially declared Abu Sayyaf as a terrorist organisation.

Mr Rodwell is hoping to use any compensation to pay back his brother and sister, who helped arrange the ransom payment that saved him. A spokeswoman for the Attorney-General’s Department said it does not comment on individual cases relating to the Australian Victims of Terrorism Overseas Payment (AVTOP).


Mr Abbott’s office was approached for comment.


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Villagers feared for lives as men swooped on Australian

Filipino gangs have gained notoriety for their high-profile abductions,

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December 10, 2011 Lindsay Murdoch writes

The lights went out in the sleepy southern Philippine village of Pangi, on the outskirts of Ipil, as darkness fell. Australian adventurer and writer Warren Rodwell had returned home earlier in the day to check on workmen painting inside the house he had bought in the village in October.

Two weeks earlier, Miraflor Gutang, 27, whom he had married in June, had returned to her family’s home in another village after the couple had argued.

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Missing Warren Rodwell

The painters had left Mr Rodwell’s house by the time four strangers walked into the village moments after a power outage and introduced themselves to villagers as policemen. One of the men, who were not masked, told villagers not to be afraid, but they were.

Mr Rodwell, 53, was probably preparing dinner in the tiny kitchen of the house when the men entered. The front gate and door may have been open as the house is protected by barbed wire and heavy bars. Mr Rodwell was taken off guard: his loaded handgun was under the pillow in his bedroom.

Tall and strong, the tattooed Australian was not going anywhere without a fight and struggled violently with the men. Neighbours heard a gunshot and Mr Rodwell’s screams for help. Police believe he was shot in the foot during the scuffle. They found a trail of blood from one of his thongs near the front door.

Neighbour Joel Bulay, 44, and his wife Rosanna, 41, saw Mr Rodwell being dragged from the house. Mr Bulay said two of the men held Mr Rodwell tightly by the arms. Another man armed with a pistol pushed him to walk faster from behind as another pulled him from the front by handcuffs. Ms Bulay said Mr Rodwell could hardly walk due to the pain as he was dragged past her house.

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”He did not say anything and we are not sure that he saw us,” she said. The group disappeared into the darkness through bushes that lead to a river and the open sea. ”I was really scared, so scared that I was trembling and could do nothing because we feared for our own safety,” Mr Bulay said. ”One of my girls, who is five years old, suspected it was a kidnapping and I told her to keep quiet because we were scared the gunmen would take us and use our family as a shield in their escape.”

The villagers have reason to be scared. In April 1995, militants from the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf attacked and pillaged the seaside town of Ipil, 130 kilometres from the provincial capital Zamboanga City. Fifty-three people were left dead.

In September, the same group kidnapped Luisa Morrison, the Filipino wife of a Scotsman, from her beauty salon in Ipil. The militants took her to their stronghold on Basilan Island, four hours away by speedboat. She was rescued a week later during a fierce battle with Philippine security forces in which one soldier was killed.

Grave fears are held for Mr Rodwell, who after leaving Sydney a decade ago travelled frequently in developing countries and worked for more than eight years as an English teacher in China.


Philippine security forces have stepped up their hunt for Abu Sayyaf militants who have been blamed for the kidnapping of numerous foreigners and wealthy Filipinos, some of whom have been beheaded if ransoms have not been paid.

Authorities have not ruled out that elements of other Muslim groups or criminal gangs involved in the region’s lucrative kidnapping-for-ransom industry are behind the incident.

Mr Rodwell knew the area where he was living was dangerous but had refused police protection in June, saying he could look after himself. The Philippine media has reported he is a former Australian soldier. On several websites Mr Rodwell, whose former wife and three adult children live in Western Australia, describes himself as a full-time expatriate. On one posting he wrote that true wealth is best measured in terms of inner peace and happiness, not material things.

”Accepting your own mortality is also most useful, especially if you don’t have financial or family responsibilities back in your place or origin,” he wrote. By all accounts Mr Rodwell was happy with village life, running a store in Ipil with Ms Gutang, also known as Grace, who he reportedly met on the internet.


However, neighbours said that he was not particularly friendly and he had chased some people away from his house. ”He is really strict and perceived as arrogant,” Mr Bulay said. A sign at the house warns about trespassing. Merly Suan, 18, another resident of the village, described Mr Rodwell as a silent man who went about his daily business alone. ”He sometimes smiles at me if I see him on his motor bike … I think he is a good man and we pity him,” she said. ”We pray for his safety.”

The Australian government’s handling of the incident will be a test of the recommendations of the Senate inquiry into the kidnappings of Australians overseas, which were made public last month. The government has established a multi-agency group that includes federal police, diplomats and intelligence agents. When Australian officials arrived in Zamboanga City, one of the first things they did was to ask Philippine authorities to impose a news blackout on the hunt for the kidnappers.

with Al Jacinto in Ipil