Published: Sat, December 16, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Interpol Refuses to Issue Red Corner Notice Against Dr Zakir Naik

Interpol Refuses to Issue Red Corner Notice Against Dr Zakir Naik

The Interpol has rejected India's Red Corner Notice against Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik on the grounds that it lacked evidence and was a failure by Indian authorities to follow due process of law, political and religious bias that formed the basis of such a notice, and lack of worldwide interest. "Will now submit fresh request to Interpol as chargesheet has already been filed in the concerned NIA court in Mumbai", ANI reported quoting a source in the intelligence agency.

The Interpol's panel that decides on these notices said that the objective of serving a red corner notice was to facilitate a country to seek the extradition of an accused charged for an offence, not a suspect merely under investigation.

All the files pertaining to Naik were finally removed from Interpol on November 9. "It came out internationally and it will come out in India soon".

The spokesperson further added that the National Investigation Agency's request for Red Notice against Naik was not accepted by Interpol as charge sheet had not been filed when the request was submitted to the Interpol headquarters.

"He has repeatedly condemned terrorism and terrorist violence, which can be seen through his teachings which are freely available and readily open to scrutiny and supervision by moderators", said Interpol.

The Indian government had banned Naik and his organisation Islamic Research Foundation for five years and declaring it an unlawful organisation. The channel was banned by the government past year. Naik is accused of spreading hatred by his provocative speeches, funding terrorists and laundering several crores of money over the years.

Naik was charged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and Sections 120 (b), 153 (a), 295 (a), 298 and 505 (2) of the Indian Penal Code. An extradition treaty between India and Malaysia has been in force since 2011.

The controversial Islamic preacher fled India on July 1, 2016, ever since reports of terrorists involved in the Dhaka terror attack confessed that they were inspired by speeches of Zakir Naik.

The External Affairs Ministry has revoked his passport on NIA's request.

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