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Will pursue Zakir Naik extradition: MEA

Zakir Naik

Zakir Naik  

India files formal request with Malaysia, says country’s judicial system is fair

Stating that the fairness of the Indian justice system had never been in question, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Wednesday said the government had made a formal request for preacher Zakir Naik’s extradition and would continue to pursue the matter with Malaysia.

The MEA statement came after Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Monday said the country reserved the right to disallow Naik’s extradition to India if he was not going to be accorded justice.

In response to queries about Naik’s extradition, the MEA spokesperson said: “India has extradition arrangements with many nations. In the past, there are numerous cases of successful extradition to India. The fairness of the Indian justice system has never been 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.”

Sirul’s case

As reported by The Star , a Malaysian daily, Dr. Mohamad said the situation was the same with Australia not sending Sirul Azhar Umar back to Malaysia. Umar, a former bodyguard, was sentenced to death in 2015 for the murder of a Mongolian model. “We requested Australia to extradite Sirul and they are afraid we are going to send him to the gallows,” Dr. Mohamad was quoted as saying.

He said Naik “in general feels that he is not going to get a fair trial [in India].”

The Enforcement Directorate, which is probing money laundering charges against Naik, is preparing to secure a non-bailable warrant against him on June 19. The court has already taken cognisance of a chargesheet filed in the case.

Based on the warrant, the Directorate can request Interpol to issue a Red Notice and also approach the Malaysian authorities seeking Naik’s extradition.

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