MANILA–The De-partment of Justice is set to start processing the extradition request from the United States government against Dr. Russel Salic.
Salic, 37, is among the three people now facing charges in the US for allegedly plotting attacks in New York City.
“It only means that we have to begin the extradi-tion proceedings being requested. We have a process to be followed and this has been done many times in the past. The PI (preliminary investigation) in the meantime will conti-nue,” Aguirre said in a statement Sunday.
Salic is also linked to local terror group Maute, who underwent preliminary investigation in DOJ for kidnapping and murder charges last August for his alleged involvement in kidnappings and be-headings blamed on Islamic State (IS) followers.
He is being accused by five Iligan City residents of involvement in the abduc-tion of complainants Gab-riel Tomatao Permitis, Alfredo Sarsalejo Cano-os, Esperanza Permitis, Adonis Antipisto Mendez and Julito Permitis Janubas at a sawmill on April 4, 2016.
Prior to their abduction, the group claimed to have seen Salic talking to couple Cayamora and Farhana Maute.
Cayamora, the father of the terrorist brothers, died while in detention at Camp Bagong Diwa last August 27 while their matriarch remained de-tained in connection with the Marawi City attack.
The suspect, an ortho-pedic surgeon by profes-sion, allegedly sent money to help fund the planned attacks, according to US court documents, which have been made public. PNA