Putrajaya (July 06, 2018): Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Friday that Indian- Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, allegedly wanted in India for terror-related activities and hate speech, will not be sent back.
Zakir Naik, a radical television preacher, reportedly left India in 2016 and subsequently moved to largely Muslim Malaysia, where he was granted permanent residency.According to reports by Indian media, New Delhi asked for him to be extradited in January. The two countries have an extradition treaty.
The reports say India had asked for Naik to be sent back for allegedly inciting youth to engage in terror activities via his hate speeches.While, 52 years old Naik has described the media reports as ‘totally baseless and false’, adding that he has no plans to return to India until he felt safe from unfair prosecution.
In response to reports, Mahathir said that as long as he is not creating any problem, we will not deport him because he has been given permanent residency status.
In 2010, he was reportedly barred from entering Britain when the Home Secretary cited numerous comments which showed his unacceptable behaviour. While, in TV broadcast in July 2008, Naik suggested that Al Qaeda was not responsible for flying hijacked airliners into New York’s World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, which caused huge damage.
But, neither Indian nor Malay officials have confirmed the extradition request or the existence of any charges again Naik.