KUALA LUMPUR: The police are monitoring controversial Indian preacher Zakir Naik’s situation here, while awaiting an official extradition request from the Indian government.
Inspector-General of Police Mohd Fuzi Harun said his officers are currently monitoring Naik’s movement here to see if his actions threaten the safety and peace of the country.
“We monitor him because this person has a very ‘interesting personality’ and he attracts a lot of attention,” Fuzi said after visting the Special Action Unit (UTK) training centre in Cheras here today.
The IGP said the police had yet to receive any extradition request from India to send Naik back home to face criminal charges.
“We have not received any extradition request, so how can we even extradite him,” he said when asked on any update of the extradition orders which had been reported by the Indian media recently.
Fuzi was also coy when asked if the police were aware on Naik’s exact whereabouts in the country, simply saying “we know roughly”.
Yesterday, Hindustan Times reported that the Indian government is in the final stages of the legal process to extradite Naik, and will soon submit an official request to the Malaysian government.
Naik caused a stir in Malaysia when it was reported earlier this year that he was given permanent residence (PR) status by Putrajaya about five years ago.
Indian authorities have accused the controversial Islamic preacher of funding terrorism.
Naik was charged with heading an “unlawful association” and inciting youths to commit acts of terror and join global outfits such as the Islamic State (IS).
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) said Naik had also “deliberately insulted” the religious beliefs of Hindus, Christians and Islamic sects like Shia, Sufi and Barelvi, and that his speeches had influenced recruits to the IS cause.
On Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the government will send Naik back if there is a request based on Mutual Legal Assistance by the Indian government.
Confirming that Naik had not applied for Malaysian citizenship, Zahid added however, that there was no reason to review the Islamic preacher’s PR status.