Zakir Naik will not get fair trial in India: Malaysia PM

Vastavam web: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Monday said that his country has the right not to extradite controversial preacher Zakir Naik to India, since the fugitive evangelist claims he will not get a fair trial back home, according to a media report. Zakir Naik, a 53-year-old radical television preacher, reportedly left India in 2016 and subsequently moved to largel Malaysia, where he was granted permanent residency.

“Zakir in general feels that he is not going to get a fair trial (in India),” Mahathir was quoted as saying by The Star newspaper. He compared the situation to Australia refusing to extradite former police commando Sirul Azhar Umar, who was sentenced to death in Malaysia in 2015 for killing a Mongolian model.

“We requested Australia to extradite Sirul and they are afraid we are going to send him to the gallows,” the prime minister said. Zakir Naik was charged by the Enforcement Directorate in 2016 based on a National Investigation Agency FIR that was registered under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.