Right to fair trial: Jho Low will be justified

Right to fair trial: Jho Low will be justified

PUCHONG: In the event Indian Muslim televangelist Dr Zakir Naik’s claim that he will be denied a fair trial in India is accepted, then the same argument by fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, also known as Jho Low on Malaysia would be justified, said a backbencher.

Jho Low is wanted for being the alleged mastermind behind the 1Malaysia Development Berhad fund siphoning scandal.  He too claimed that he is denied a fair trial in Malaysia while remaining at large.

“It is not for us to judge.  If that is the case, what Jho Low claims is the same.  Jho Low would be justified,” said Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh to The Leaders Online in response to Zakir’s claim last night.

Zakir claimed that the Indian authorities are hell bent on putting him behind bars regardless whether he was innocent or otherwise. He also said that he would be denied the right to a fair trial.

The Indian Muslim preacher who is currently a Malaysian permanent resident also claimed the authorities are doing so as they have to toe the line to the demands of a BJP – government.

He further reiterated that he was willing to return to face charges if the Indian supreme court was willing to give him a written guarantee that he would not be behind bars before he is convicted.

Zakir raised the issue in response to reports on India’s Enforcement Directorate almost certain to obtain a non-bailable arrest warrant to be served via Interpol’s Red Notice on the preacher.

Ramkarpal, who is also a lawyer, also urged Zakir to have faith in the Indian legal system.

“Have faith in the legal system instead of judging them.  India is not known to be a rogue legal system.  It is a robust one.

“I don’t see why he cannot face fair trial there,” said Ramkarpal.

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