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Pakistani duo on FBI wanted list freed

 | July 31, 2012

Extradiction bid by the US was rejected by KL magistrate's court.

KUALA LUMPUR: Two Pakistani men wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) were repatriated after being in the custody of Malaysian authorities for more than 60 days.

Efforts to extradict the duo to the US failed after a Magistrate’s Court here ruled that the arrest warrant obtained by the Malaysian Home Ministry violated the technicalities involved in the requirements of the Extradition Act 1992.

Noor Aziz Aziz Uddin and Farhan Arshad, both in their 40s, were picked up at a leading hotel in KL by the Malaysian police after the FBI sought their assistance via Interpol.

The two were picked up on May 22, hours after their arrival, by officers from the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) and produced before magistrate Nur Azura Murah the same day.

Nur Azura allowed the application by AGC’s office, who acted on behalf of the Home Minister, and both men were remanded for 60 days from May 23 to July 22.

When the case was mentioned on July 20, a senior federal counsel produced an order signed by Home Minister to detain them further until the extradition application was heard.

Counsel for the duo, Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin however raised a primilinary objection, saying that the AG had failed to adhere to the requirements of the Extradition Act.

Nur Azura then had allowed Kamarul’s application to dismiss the AGC’s application and ordered Noor Aziz Aziz Uddin and Farhan Arshad to be released.

According to documents filed in court, the two were accused of the commission of the following offences within the jurisdiction of the US authorities.

  • One count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in violation of Title 18 of the United States Code, Section 1349.
  • One count of conspiring to gain unauthorised access to computers in violation of Title 18, Section 371.
  • Six counts of wire fraud, in violation on Title 18, Section 1343.
  • Six counts of unauthorised access to computers, in violation of Title 18, Section 1030 and;
  • 10 counts of identity theft, in violation of Title 18, Section 1028.

Kamarul confirmed that Farhan left for Pakistan last Tuesday, while Noor Aziz was deported by the immigration department on Thursday.


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