A Filipino suspect in a thwarted extremist plot targeting New York’s subway and Times Square will face legal proceedings seeking his extradition to the United States, the Philippine justice secretary said on Sunday.
Russell Salic and two others have been charged with involvement in the plan to carry out the attacks in the name of Islamic State during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in 2016.
Salic was arrested in the Philippines in April 2017 and the US requested his extradition, according to the Department of Justice in Washington.
“It only means that we have to begin the extradition proceedings being requested,” Philippine Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said in a statement without giving a time frame. “We have a process to be followed and this has been done many times in the past.”
Aguirre said Salic was also under investigation over a local case but was unable to give details.
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