No justification for Malaysia to refuse Zakir Naik’s extradition, experts insist

17-Jun-2019 Intellasia | Malay Mail | 6:00 AM Print This Post

ded that if the government insists that Dr Zakir’s deportation is unnecessary, on the grounds that he would not receive a fair trial back in his home country, the same impression could also be applied to the case of fugitive tycoon Low Taek Jho, or Jho Low, who has also claimed political persecution.

Meanwhile, Singapore Institute of International Affairs senior fellow Oh Ei Sun warned that when one country steadily reneges on extradition requests of another country, the requesting country may also reciprocate with the same reaction in the future.

Oh also suggested that Dr Zakir has now found a safe haven in Malaysia, and therefore unlikely to be deported anytime soon with support ranging from Islamist groups to political elites.

“Whether we like it or not, the cold, harsh fact is Zakir has many, many fans in this country, not only among the religiously conservative and extremist elements, but even among the so-called mainstream, elite circles, as is evident in his being warmly welcomed and entertained by senior politicians from both the present and former regimes.

“So, as long as religious bigotry is still the mainstay of this country, it is extremely unlikely that Zakir will ever be extradited. Rather, he will continue to enjoy the warm hospitality of the religiously bigoted elements in this country, many of whom unfortunately somehow always manage to insinuate themselves into positions of power,” he added.

Yesterday, the government of India made a formal request to the Malaysian government to send Dr Zakir back home to face money laundering charges.

On its website, the country’s Ministry of External Affairs said that India’s justice system has never been questioned, in response to media queries following Dr Zakir’s allegations that he would not be accorded a fair hearing if he returned home where he has also been accused of hate mongering.

It was reported earlier that India’s Enforcement directorate (ED) will seek Interpol’s cooperation to detain controversial preacher Dr Zakir with an eye on extraditing him from Malaysia to face money-laundering charges in the South Asian country.


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