New Delhi: India’s efforts to seek extradition of an accused from Malaysia who is wanted for alleged conspiracy of a terror strike on the US and Israeli consulates in south India, hit a roadblock with a top law office in Kuala Lumpur raising questions over the claim for his custody.
Further more, the official interrogation report, which could have given clues to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in its probe, has also not been handed over after Malaysian Attorney General’s office red flagged India’s request, official sources said.
India had sought extradition of Mohammad Hussain Mohammad Sulaiman, a Sri Lankan national, arrested by Special Unit of Malaysian Police from the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur in May. He is alleged to have conspired with Sakir Hussain, another Sri Lankan national, who was arrested in India in April.
According to the conspiracy, Hussain was to carry out reconnaissance of the US consulate in Chennai and Israeli consulate in Bangalore while Sulaiman was to ferry two suicide attackers to India for carrying out terror strikes at both the places.
India placed a request to the Malaysian authorities for handing over evidence against 47-year-old Sulaiman under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT), signed by the two countries in 2012.
India had already secured an Interpol Red Corner Notice against Sulaiman and moved Kuala Lumpur for execution of a warrant of arrest issued by an Indian court, sources said.
The Malaysian authorities have issues with the extradition of Sulaiman saying he was a Sri Lankan national and Colombo needs to be brought into the picture for a third country extradition, they said.
India has alleged him of hatching “criminal conspiracy, acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention, possession of forged or counterfeit currency-notes or banknotes, terrorist act and raising funds for terrorist acts”.
Sulaiman had reportedly told investigators in Malaysia he had been tasked to ferry two terrorists from Maldives to a South Indian coast to carry out terror strikes at US Consulate in Chennai and Israeli Consulate in Bangalore.
The terror plot was foiled by an effective coordination of Intelligence Bureau (IB) with countries as Malaysia tipped the central agency about the alleged conspiracy being hatched from Sri Lanka about the attacks.
Malaysia had stumbled upon the case when its Special Unit was probing money laundering and human trafficking cases. Hussain was alleged to be talking to ISI officers and planning to carry out terror strikes on the two consulates.
The probe was handed over to NIA by Tamil Nadu Police so the conspiracy hatched overseas including in Sri Lanka and Malaysia could be unravelled, sources said.
Hussain named Colombo-based Pakistan High Commission’s Visa Consular Amir Zubair Siddiqui as his handler, a charge denied by Pakistan. However, facing heat from India, Siddiqui has been shifted out of Colombo.
The reason for ISI to pick him up, according to Hussain, was that he had expertise in human trafficking, making of forged passports and smuggling of fake Indian currency.
Pictures of US and Israeli consulates showing various gates and roads leading to the two premises were recovered from his laptop, the sources said and claimed these pictures had been mailed to his alleged handlers in Pakistan and its High Commission in Colombo.