Face Indian court or get arrested, Zakir

Face Indian court or get arrested, Zakir

PUCHONG: A special prevention of money laundering court has ruled that Indian Muslim televangelist Zakir Naik must present himself in court on July 31.

It also ruled that a non-bailable arrest warrant will be issued only if he fails to do so.

The ruling was made in response to the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) application for the warrant since that would be the first step to push for Interpol’s Red Notice again.

The money laundering charges is based on ED’s money laundering charges on Dec 22, 2016.  A total Rs193.06 crore (RM115 million) has been identified as “proceeds of crime”.

Zakir is also facing charges of inciting communal disharmony and committing unlawful activities in India. He is also facing probes in India and Bangladesh over the terror attack in Dhaka in July 2016.

It would not be easy for India to extradite the preacher since he now has Malaysia’s permanent resident status and the support of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The premier, in defence of Zakir, have said that Malaysia has the right to choose to handover him.

Dr Mahathir equated the case with the case of Sirul Azhar Umar who is in Australia after he was sentenced to death for the murder of Mongolian translator Altantuyaa Shaariibuu.

Australia is not giving Sirul to Malaysia as it is against capital punishment.

Mahathir’s views however came under fire from lawyers. His views was also shot down by Indian security expert, Brahma Chellaney.

In a related development, controversial Indian Muslim preacher Zamri Vinoth Kalimuthu declared that he would give up his Malaysian citizenship if Putrajaya allows Zakir to be extradited.

Zamri said that at the ongoing PAS annual general meeting.

By: K Pragalath