Two to be extradited to US over cyber crime

KUALA LUMPUR – The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) have arrested two local men for allegedly being involved in money laundering and cyber crime in the United States.

Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department director Datuk Huzir Mohamed said the two suspects, who were allegedly running an illegal business selling gaming artefacts such as kit and credit in the United States, were arrested in Perak on Sept 14.

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He said the duo, one a businessman in his 40s and the other a computer analyst in his 30s, are currently remanded in Sungai Buloh Prison.

“Both suspects are wanted by the US authorities for committing the crime in that country.

“The United States authorities have applied for extradition of both suspects on Sept 3 and the Attorney-General’s Chambers has agreed to comply with the application,” he said in a statement Sept 17.

Huzir said the extradition application was within the provisions under the Extradition Act 1992 as well as the extradition treaty between the Malaysian and the United States governments.

He said that on Sept 11, the Kuala Lumpur Magistrate’s Court had issued a provisional warrant of arrest on both suspects.

“The remand application has been allowed by the magistrate’s court for 60 days under Section 16(1) of the Extradition Act 1992 as well as Article 11(4) of the Extradition Treaty.

Huzir said the forensic team had also seized evidence and relevant documents at their company in Perak.

International media reported on Sept 16 that the US Department of Justice had announced charges against five Chinese nationals and two Malaysians who are alleged to have run global hacking operations for at least six years to steal identities and video game technology, plant ransomware and spy on Hong Kong activists.

— BERNAMA