India to Rope in Interpol in Efforts to Nab Zakir Naik

  • 10 Jun 2019

India is seeking Interpol's help to detain Zakir Naik and extradite him from Malaysia to face money-laundering charges in his home country.
India's Enforcement Directorate (ED) has charged Zakir with laundering over ₹193 crore (RM115 million) and is expecting by June 19 to secure a non-bailable warrant for Zakir's arrest from the Mumbai courts. This would allow them to ask Interpol to issue a Red Notice for the preacher. The Red Notice goes out to all Interpol member nations, including Malaysia.
It also means that India would be able to formally request Malaysia hand over Zakir under the two countries' extradition treaty, which was signed in 2010.
Getting the warrant will also allow for the ED to initiate proceedings against Zakir under India's Fugitive Economic Offenders Act.
According to the ED charges, Zakir allegedly invested in developing high-end bungalows in Dubai using money his organisation, Islamic Research Foundation, received mostly from “dubious, suspicious or unknown sources”.
The ED also alleges that between 2012 to 2016, Zakir transferred ₹49.20 crore (RM29 million) from accounts in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to India - nobody knows where the income came from. Some of this money was used to book properties in Mumbai and Pune and attempts were allegedly made to conceal the source of the funds.
Zakir also allegedly established companies in the United Kingdom and India to camouflage the movement of money and placed close associates and relatives as the company directors.
Reports have also been lodged in Indian against Naik for allegedly promoting enmity and hatred between different religious groups through provocative utterances, according to an article in The Hindu.
Zakir has also faced similar accusations in Malaysia, where he has been slammed for insulting non-Muslim faiths. However, he has also been defended by many people, including those in positions of authority.

Source: The Hindu, Malay Mail & FMT
Photo Credit: Global Village Space & News24

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