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Malaysian Minister Calls For Action Against Zakir Naik, Says, 'time For Him To Face Terror Charges In India'

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Published:

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  • The Malaysian Minister asserted that Naik is an outsider, and should not be given such a privilege to run down other Malaysians.
  • India said it has made a formal request to Malaysia and will continue to pursue his extradition.

A Malaysian Minister called for action against hate-speaker Zakir Naik, and said that he would raise the issue during the next Cabinet meeting. 

The Malaysian Minister asserted that Naik is an outsider, and should not be given such a privilege to run down other Malaysians. He further added that its time for him to leave Malaysia and face terror charges in India. 

According to a Malaysian news media, the Human Resource Minister of Malaysia said, "His actions do not reflect one deserving of permanent resident status and this will be brought up in the next Cabinet meeting."

"It’s time for the fugitive foreigner to leave Malaysia and to face charges of terrorism and money laundering charges in India," he added.

Naik is facing charges of inciting communal disharmony and committing unlawful activities in India. He is also facing probe both in India and Bangladesh in connection with the terror attack at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka in July 2016.

he two suspects in the terror attack had claimed that they were inspired by Naik's radical preaching.

India said it has made a formal request to Malaysia and will continue to pursue his extradition.

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Recently, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad had said that his country has the right not to extradite Naik, for similar reasons that Australia had turned down his country's request to extradite Sirul Azhar Umar in 2015. He also said that Naik believes that he would not be accorded justice in India.

In addition, the ED filed a prosecution complaint against Naik on money laundering charges on December 22, 2016.

A total amount of Rs 193.06 crore has been identified as "proceeds of crime." The directorate has also attached properties of Naik worth Rs 50.46 crore.

According to the investigative agency, money laundering was conducted via "dubious" origins from the UAE to facilitate production and broadcasting incriminating videos for spreading communal hatred and radicalisation of a particular community.'

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(With PTI inputs) 

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