India to seek custody of Iranian arrested in Malaysia

India has sent an arrest warrant for Masoud Sedaghatzadeh, arrested in connection with the botched-up bombing in Bangkok, to Malaysia requesting for his production before court to unravel the conspiracy behind the attack on an Israeli diplomat’s car here on February 13.

Malaysian authorities through diplomatic channels were handed over the warrant with a plea that a proper extradition request would be sent after completion of all legal formalities, official sources said.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav issued the warrant against the Iranian national on March 17 after Special Cell of Delhi Police alleged that he was also involved in the conspiracy of the blast.

The Interpol has also issued a Red Corner Notice against him.

The request quotes the in-principle agreement between India and Malaysia to establish a mechanism for cooperation on counter-terrorism.

While both countries have an Extradition Treaty ratified in February 2011, they are in the process of signing a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty in Criminal Matters.

Malaysian authorities, however, are keen on sending Sedaghatzadeh to Bangkok as an extradition request from Thailand was received first and also the fact that he was a part of the botched-up plan in that country.

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