KUALA LUMPUR,_Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday that Malaysia has the right not to extradite the Muslim preacher Dr. Zakir Naik who is accused of money laundering if a fair trial and justice is not guaranteed to him in India.
As reported by a daily, under the Prevention and Money Laundering Act 2002, India’s Enforcement Directorate (ED) is set to secure an arrest warrant against the preacher and others in an ongoing trial heard by a special court in Mumbai.
Dr.Mahathir was reported to have compared the situation to Australian government that has refused to extradite former police commando Sirul Azhar Umar, who was sentenced to death here for murdering Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu few years ago.
“We requested Australia to extradite Sirul and they are afraid we are going to send him to the gallows,” Dr. Mahathir said in Jasin, Melaka as quoted by The Star.
In February, an Australian court has rejected Sirul’s application for political asylum there after concluding his conviction for killing Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu was not political in nature.
However, Malaysia intends to seek the extradition of Sirul Azhar Umar, one of the two sentenced to death for the murder but have to repeal the country’s death penalty before Australia can legally comply
Earlier it was reported that India’s Enforcement Directorate (ED) will seek Interpol’s cooperation to detain Dr. Zakir Naik in Malaysia and extradite him to face money-laundering charges which he was alleged to have committed in the South Asian country –Malaysia World News