Zakir Naik extradition: India applied but M’sia not giving in

Zakir Naik extradition: India applied but M’sia not giving in

KUALA LUMPUR: India has requested for the extradition of Indian Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik but Putrajaya has decided not to abide by the request.

“We received the application from the Indian government, I don’t remember when,” Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said after launching a book titled “Bantuan Demokrasi Pendanaan Asing Di Malaysia” by Takiyuddin Ismail at Universiti Malaya here.

“For now, there is no new decision. We are sticking to the original decision,” he added.

Zakir who is a permanent resident in Malaysia currently resides in Putrajaya.

He is facing money laundering charges for funds amounting RM 113 million.  India’s Enforcement Directorate had obtained an arrest warrant after Zakir failed to appear for the case in India.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had justified Putrajaya’s stand by claiming that Malaysia has the right not to extradite Zakir as the latter felt that he would not get a fair trial.

“We requested Australia to extradite Sirul (Azhar Umar) and they were afraid that we were going to send him to the gallows.

“It’s the same, and Dr Zakir in general felt that he was not going to get a fair trial (in India),” he said.

Dr Mahathir’s move to equate Sirul’s case with Zakir was criticized locally and abroad.

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