Formal request for the extradition of controversial preacher Zakir Naik

Yesterday, the Indian foreign ministry confirmed that they have made a formal request to Malaysia for the extradition of Zakir Naik.
Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar has stated:
“At this stage, our request is under the active consideration of the Malaysian side. Our High Commissioner in Kuala Lumpur is in touch with Malaysian authorities.”
Mr Naik is wanted by Indian authorities over allegations of money laundering and spreading extremism including giving speeches which were cited as a reason for a terrorist attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which killed 22 people. India’s National Investigation Agency is also investigating Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation, over allegations of money laundering.

1MDB: MLA requests

Yesterday Malaysia’s Attorney General, Tommy Thomas, announced that he has received 1MDB investigation papers from the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). Mr Thomas released a statement expressing his desire to make sure that the papers were examined to consider all potential criminal and civil prosecutions that may arise in connection with the 1MDB scandal. Mr Thomas also explained that he has recieved Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) requests from the US, France, UAE and Switzerland. MLA is the formal co-operation between sovereign states in criminal investigations and proceedings. It encompasses the provision of information and evidence to other jurisdictions and making witnesses available to foreign trial courts.

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Red Notice circulated for the location and arrest of Jho Low

It has been reported that Singapore requested a Red Notice be circulated by INTERPOL for the location and arrest of Low Taek Jho (known as ‘Jho Low’) in October 2016. On Friday, Singapore’s Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC), Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) issued a joint statement explaining that in October 2016 “all members of INTERPOL, including Malaysia, would have been aware of the Red Notices when they were published.” The statement also explained that General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail has gone to Singapore to meet with the AGC, CAD and MASS as part of an ongoing collaboration between Malaysia and Singapore to investigate the 1MDB scandal.
It has been reported that Mr Low is currently residing in China and could be extradited under the Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) agreement between Malaysia and China. However, if Mr Low is residing in Taiwan, Malaysia will have a tougher time trying to get him extradited because Malaysia has no diplomatic relationship or extradition treaty with Taiwan.

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