Guardian/BBC: Malaysian Suspect Won't Be Extradited
By Rohan Sullivan
5/2/2002 12:18 pm Tue
[Menurut Abdullah Badawi, Yazid 'telah melakukan kesalahan yang amat
berat' tetapi sampai sekarang dia tidak pula didakwa.....
Rencana ini turut terbit di Washington Post - Editor]
Tuesday February 5, 2002 1:20 AM
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - A former Malaysian army
captain accused of playing host to two of the Sept. 11 hijackers will
not be extradited to the United States, the government said Monday.
Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Yazid Sufaat,
arrested after returning to Malaysia from Afghanistan, would be
dealt with under Malaysian law.
``As far as we are concerned, he has committed a serious offense
and we cannot hand him over to others to be extradited,'' Abdullah
was quoted as saying Monday by the national news agency,
Yazid, 37, was the first of 23 arrests in the past two months in a
crackdown on what officials say is a local Islamic group with ties to
al-Qaida and a plot to bomb the U.S. Embassy and other Western
targets in neighboring Singapore.
Police have not charged him with any crime but are holding Yazid
under a security law which allows for indefinite detention without
trial. Officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Yazid is
cooperating with police and has provided details of meetings he
held with the hijackers and Zacarias Moussaoui.
The New York Times, citing unidentified officials, reported last week
that Washington was negotiating for Yazid's extradition to face
charges in the United States.
Malaysian officials have said Yazid played host to Khalid
al-Mihdhar and Nawaz al-Hazmi at his weekend home outside of
the capital, Kuala Lumpur, in January, 2000. Al-Midhar and
al-Hazmi were on the American Airlines plane that was flown into
the Pentagon on Sept. 11.
Moussaoui, charged in the United States with conspiring to kill
thousands of people in the attacks, also was Yazid's guest during a
visit to Malaysia in September 2000. Officials say Yazid signed a
letter naming Moussaoui as the U.S. and European representative
of a Malaysian computer software company where Yazid's wife
served as director.
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller acknowledged last week for the first
time that some of the planning for the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the
United States occurred in Malaysia.
``We believe there was planning in Germany and Malaysia and
perhaps in other countries,'' Mueller said. He did not elaborate.
Monday, 4 February, 2002, 18:54 GMT
Malaysia 'not to extradite terror suspect'
Mr Yazid had alleged links with Pentagon attackers A former
Malaysian army captain allegedly implicated in the 11 September
attacks will not be extradited to the United States, Deputy Prime
Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi says.
Mr Abdullah said that Yazid Sufaat - one of 23 people arrested in
Malaysia since December for alleged membership of a militant
group linked with al-Qaeda - would be dealt with under Malaysian
The statement followed media reports that the United States had
requested Malaysia to hand over of Mr Yazid.
He is being held under Malaysia's Internal Security Act, which
allows detention without trial.
Malaysian officials allege that Mr Yazid had direct contact with two
of the 11 September hijackers.
He is also suspected of involvement in a foiled plot to blow up
American targets in Singapore, including the US embassy.
"As far as we are concerned, he has committed a serious offence
and we cannot hand him over to others to be extradited," Mr
Abdullah was quoted as saying on Monday by the national news
'Visits from hijackers'
Mr Yazid, 37, was arrested on 9 December as he returned to
Malaysia from Afghanistan.
Officials said he has been giving police details of his meetings with
the hijackers and with Zacarias Moussaoui, who is charged in the
United States with conspiring to kill thousands of people in the
Two hijackers aboard the plane that crashed into the Pentagon -
Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaz al-Hazmi - visited Malaysia in
January 2000 and stayed at Mr Yazid's flat outside Kuala Lumpur,
During their stay, al-Mihdhar and al-Hazmi reportedly met a third
al-Qaeda member later identified as a suspect in the USS Cole
bombing in October 2000.
Mr Moussaoui also visited Mr Yazid in September 2000, officials
Mr Moussaoui is alleged to have intended to be the 20th hijacker
in the attacks on the United States.
He appeared in court in the United States last month charged with
conspiracy to commit terrorism, to hijack and destroy planes, to use
weapons of mass destruction and to murder.
Mr Yazid and the 22 other suspects arrested in Malaysia are
thought to belong to the Malaysian Mujahideen Group (KMM) - a
group the government says is seeking to establish a hard-line