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Stuck in a limbo: What is holding up Zakir Naik’s extradition


New Delhi, July 26: The extradition of controversial Islamic preacher, Zakir Naik has hit yet another roadblock. Days after Malaysia said that it would not deport Naik, now it is learnt that the even the Interpol has failed to issue a Red Corner Notice against him.

Zakir Naik

Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said in Rajya Sabha that a request for issuance of Red Corner Notice was sent to the Interpol on May 19, 2017.

Clarifications were sought by the international police organisation on August 10 last year and was provided on October 6 the same year. However, during the 102nd session of the Interpol Commission from December 24-27, 2017, the world body opined that the issuance of RCN for Naik's arrest, with a view to his extradition, was pre-mature, since the charge sheet had not been filed till the sending of the original request for RCN to the Interpol, Ahir said.

"A fresh warrant was issued by the Court against Zakir Naik...and a fresh request of Red Corner Notice was sent to the Interpol on January 3, 2018. No further communication has been received so far from the Interpol," he said in a written reply to a question.

The statement comes just a day after Zakir Naik's lawyer had said that India had not made a request for his extradition as yet.

The lawyer Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz posted a letter from the police confirming that no request to extradite Zakir Naik has been made by India as yet. He appended the July 13 letter from the Royal Malaysia Police's Legal Affairs Department on his Facebook page.

"For your information, this department has checked and found no such request made by the Indian government towards your client up to date," the statement read. "We urge you to check with the Attorney General's Chambers on this matter too."

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