IGP denies Zakir Naik is to be deported

Mohamed Fuzi Harun says police have not received any information on Zakir Naik being deported to India today.

PETALING JAYA: Police have denied reports in Indian media that controversial preacher Zakir Naik will be deported to India, where he is wanted for questioning over allegations of money laundering and spreading extremism.

“We have not received any information on the matter.

“So I’m denying reports he will be deported today,” Inspector-General of Police Mohamed Fuzi Harun told FMT.

Earlier today, Indian media reported that the controversial Muslim preacher would be deported today.

India’s NDTV had reported that Naik would be “out of the country tonight”, quoting Bukit Aman’s counter-terrorism officer Mohammed Raby Abu Bakar.

But Naik’s Malaysian lawyer has denied being served with any extradition notice.

“It is not true. We have not received any extradition notice,” Shaharuddin Ali, who represents Naik, told FMT.

He noted that any formal request to deport his client must come from the home ministry or the foreign affairs ministry.

Naik was also quoted by India’s Republic TV as saying that news of his extradition was “totally baseless and false”.

“I have no plans to come to India till I feel safe from unfair prosecution.

“Insha Allah, when I feel that the government will be just and fair, I will surely return to my homeland.”

Naik is accused of giving provocative speeches, which were cited as a reason by Bangladesh for an attack in Dhaka which left 22 people dead.

India’s National Investigation Agency is also probing Naik’s NGO, Islamic Research Foundation, over allegations of money laundering.

He was given permanent resident status in Malaysia by the previous Barisan Nasional government.

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