KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Aman is monitoring developments in the case involving preacher Dr Zakir Naik (pic), said Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.
The Inspector-General of Police, however, said there was no request from the Indian government to extradite Dr Zakir over terrorism charges.
He said action would be taken against Dr Zakir if he breaks the law, but so far he has not been involved in any criminal activity in the country.
“We are aware of his whereabouts in Malaysia. As per the rule of extradition, we cannot extradite him if there is no request,” said Fuzi.
“Nonetheless, we are keeping tabs on him,” Fuzi told a press conference after a working visit to the Special Action Unit (UTK) on Saturday (Nov 11).
It was reported that the Malaysian government did not receive any application from the Indian government to extradite Dr Zakir over terrorism charges.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Malaysia would send Dr Zakir to his home country if the Indian government made an application on the basis of mutual legal assistance.
“So far, I have not received any extradition request from the Indian government. I had discussed the matter of Zakir when I met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (during a visit to India several months ago) but there was no extradition request at that time,” said Dr Ahmad Zahid.
He added that he was informed that the Indian government had revoked his international passport,
“This means that he cannot travel on an Indian passport. He is in Malaysia as a permanent resident,” Dr Zahid said when winding up the debate on the Supply Bill 2018 for the Home Ministry recently.
He said the Government’s decision to grant permanent residency (PR) status to Dr Zakir was done before his passport was revoked by India.
Source: StarOnline | Saturday, 11 Nov 2017