Zakir Naik will not be deported: Malaysia PM

Highlights:

  • Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad denied the  controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik will not be sent back to India.
  • He was allegedly wanted in India for terror-related activities and hate speech.
  • Dr. Naik reportedly left India in 2016 and subsequently moved to Malaysia, where he was granted permanent residency.
  • Zakir Naik won't return to India till he gets a “just and fair” probe.
  • The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had made a formal request to the government of Malaysia for his extradition last January and has been pursuing it through diplomatic channels.
  • As long as he is not creating any problem, we will not deport him because he has been given permanent residency status.
  • Dr. Naik is facing a probe by the National Investigation Agency and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) after his sermons on his Peace TV were cited as a reason by Bangladesh for an attack in Dhaka in 2016, which left 22 people dead.
  • Dr. Naik’s NGO Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) has also been declared unlawful since 2016 and is being probed by the ED over allegations of money laundering to the tune of more than Rs. 18 crore.