No official extradition request yet for Zakir Naik, IGP says

BY JASMINE ANDRIA
Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik was granted Malaysian permanent residency five years ago; he is also reported to have gained citizenship in Saudi Arabia, though the information remains unverified. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 11 — India has yet to send an official request to extradite controversial Mumbai-born Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said today.

He added that Malaysian police cannot act without an official request but are keeping a close watch on Dr Zakir’s movements in the country as a precautionary measure.

“We have no official request at the moment. We are monitoring the situation. We cannot take action if there is no official request.

“For now, we will just monitor his movements in case his actions threaten the safety of the country,” he told reporters at the police Special Action Force training centre in Cheras.

Mohamad Fuzi said police “roughly know where he is... because his personality attracts attention”.

“But like any other free man, he is allowed to roam around,” he added.

The 52-year-old founder of the Islamic Research Foundation is wanted in India where its National Intelligence Agency last month charged him heading an “unlawful association” and inciting youth to take up terror acts and join global terror groups such as the Islamic State.

Dr Zakir was granted Malaysian permanent residency five years ago; he is also reported to have gained citizenship in Saudi Arabia, though the information remains unverified.