India Faces Another Embarrassment As Interpol Again Refuses to Issue Red Notice Against Zakir Naik
LONDON– The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) has once again refused India’s request to issue a Red Corner Notice against Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik and instructed all of its offices to delete files and information on him
The Interpol told India it had decided not to issue the notice due to lack of evidence and any proof of wrongdoing, said a spokesperson for Dr Naik, who fled India a few years ago. The spokesperson also shared official correspondence.
The Interpol’s Commission made its decision during its 109th session held July 1-5, 2019, according to an official paper seen by Geo News.
Subsequently, its General Secretariat deleted all the data pertaining to Dr Naik on July 15, 2019, as per a letter from Interpol’s Commission for Control of Files.
The decision comes as a setback to the Indian government, which has been persistently trying to get the international police to issue a Red Corner Notice against the preacher, who has been accused of radical preaching — a claim Naik rejects.
This is New Delhi’s third attempt — the first being back in mid-2017 — to convince the Interpol of criminal charges against Dr Naik. India had multiple meetings and presentations with the Interpol team over the past year, a source claimed.
In a letter addressed to the controversial Islamic preacher, the Interpol’s Commission Secretariat said: “After a thorough examination of the elements before it, the Commission found that the data (read “charges”) challenged raised questions as to compliance with applicable rules”.
The statement implies that the charges and allegations against Dr Naik were vague and unsubstantiated and the Indian authorities failed to follow due process for Interpol’s rules of charges and submission of proof.
The session was listening to the Indian government’s charges — made via the National Central Bureau (NCB) in India — against Dr Naik of “promoting enmity between two different religious groups on grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony, being a member of unlawful Association etc.”
The Indian government, through the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), had banned Dr Naik and his organisation — the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) — in November 2016, following which all IRF operations were halted and its staff relieved of their duties.
Since the 2016 ban, India has accused Dr Naik of terrorism and money-laundering. The Islamic preacher denies both charges and says the accusations were politically motivated.
SOURCE: GEO NEWS