Interpol cancels Red Corner Notice on Dr. Zakir Naik

Frederick Owens
December 17, 2017

It further says that no charge sheet has been filed against Dr.Naik. "The letter was received by them on December 11".

Naik said, "I am relieved by Interpol cancelling RCN, but I would have been more relieved had the Indian government cleared me of all the false charges".

The Indian authorities approached the Interpol for a red notice against Naik, but he had challenged it, contending that the process of law was not followed.

"Furthermore, the Interpol general secretariat has informed all Interpol NCB's that it has deleted information relating to Dr Zakir Naik and urged all NCB's to update their national databases accordingly".

Moments after the news broke out, Naik in a video message said, " truth has a fantastic way of coming out. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), India's nodal agency for Interpol, puts up any requests pertaining to notices on fugitives before it.

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On October 26, the NIA filed a chargesheet against Naik for allegedly inciting youngsters for terror activities and giving hate speeches. However, reports claim that the Indian government is yet to make any request for the extradition of Naik from Malaysia.

The decision to not issue an RCN against Naik was taken by the Interpol's Commission in its 102nd session held on 24-27 October 2017. A copy of the chargesheet filed by the agency before the Special NIA court, Mumbai, will be submitted along with the request.

The current president of Interpol is China's Meng Hongwei, a trusted lieutenant of Chinese President Xi Jinping who could have been instrumental in blocking the Indian request to the global police body to issue a Red Notice against Naik, top sources in Interpol said.

"The request for RCN against Zakir Naik was not accepted by Interpol as charge sheet had not been filed when the request was submitted to the Interpol Headquarters", said sources in NIA. Naik has been named as an absconding accused. His Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) has also been proscribed.

Last year, the National Investigation Agency's Mumbai branch had registered a case against Naik under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) after the Union Home Ministry had declared his Mumbai based IRF as an unlawful association.

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