Putrajaya 'hugely hypocritical' over deportation of Turkish family, says lawyer

Geraldine Tong

Modified 31 Aug 2019, 4:24 am

The deportation of Turkish teacher Arif Komis and his family from Malaysia, despite their status as UN refugees, has raised comparison with Putrajaya’s refusal to extradite controversial preacher Zakir Naik back to India.

Lawyer Andrew Khoo reminded that India had made an extradition request for Zakir, who is wanted in his home country for money-laundering charges, and Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had said they would not accept the request as there is no guarantee Zakir would get a fair trial.

“But when Turkey asked for the deportation of this Turkish man Arif Komis and his family, we readily agreed.

“There is even less certainty of a fair trial in Turkey,..

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