On Monday, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad claims that his nation has the right not to deport controversial evangelist Zakir Naik to India, as the fugitive preacher claims he will not get a fair trial back home, reports source.
53-year-old Zakir Naik is a radical TV preacher, allegedly left India in 2016 and thereafter moved to Malaysia, where he was offered permanent residency.
PM Mahathir was quoted saying, “Zakir in general feels that he is not going to get a fair trial (in India).”
He further compared the situation with Australia refusing to expel ex-Police Commando Sirul Azhar Umar, who was convicted of killing a Mongolian model and sentenced to death in 2015 in Malaysia.
The Prime Minister of Malaysian said, “We requested Australia to extradite Sirul and they are afraid we are going to send him to the gallows.”
Mr. Zakir was accused by the Enforcement Directorate in 2016 based on an FIR lodged by National Investigation Agency, which was registered under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.
Last month, the investigation agency claims that Mr. Zakir has received crores of funds in his trusts “bank accounts from unidentified ‘well wishers’ over the years for his speeches that spread ‘hatred and incited Muslim youth’ to take up terrorism”.
Islamic Research Foundation is a Mumbai-based charity trust that is promoted and controlled by fugitive Zakir Naik, “allegedly received funds in the form of donations and zakat (a form of alms giving in Islam) from domestic as well as overseas donors from countries like the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Malaysia among others,” added the Enforcement Directorate.