India formally requests Malaysia to extradite Zakir Naik

India formally requests Malaysia to extradite Zakir Naik

PUCHONG: The Indian government has put in a formal request to the Malaysian government to send back controversial Islamic preacher, Dr Zakir Naik to face trial in the subcontinent.

In a statement published at its External Affairs Ministry website, the Indian government said that it was pursuing the matter with the Malaysian government despite the latter rejecting its bid.

“India has extradition arrangements with many nations. In the past, there have been numerous cases of successful extradition to India.

“The fairness of the Indian justice system is not in question.

“The Government of India has made a formal request for the extradition of Zakir Naik. We would continue to pursue the matter with Malaysia,” reads the statement.

Zakir fled India in 2016 after the government launched investigation against him for allegedly making hate speeches and being involved in money laundering.

He had since denied the charges and said the allegations levelled against him were being masterminded by the BJP-led government.

Zakir added that he would only return to India if the nation’s Supreme Court can give him a written guarantee that he would not be imprisoned pending conviction.

On Monday, Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that he had the right not to extradite Zakir as the latter fears he will not get a fair trial in India.

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