Guardian: M'sia May Extradite Suspects - LKS: No Extradiction but Public Trial
By Lim Kit Siang
6/2/2002 12:46 am Wed
[Rencana ini juga turut tersiar di Washington Post.
Jangan lupa membaca komen menarik oleh Lim Kit Siang. - Editor]
Malaysia May Extradite Suspects
Tuesday February 5, 2002 12:10 PM
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Malaysia will comply with an
extradition treaty with the United States only if it is satisfied with the
evidence against the suspects, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad
``If there is not enough proof, we will not surrender the suspect to
the U.S.,'' Mahathir said Monday during a visit to New York, the
Bernama national news agency reported.
That statement appears to allow for the extradition of Yazid Sufaat,
a Malaysian jailed for allegedly belonging to a local militant group
and helping three plotters involved in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
It also contradicted a statement made hours earlier by Mahathir's
deputy, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, that appeared to rule out
handing Yazid over to U.S. officials.
Mahathir, who personally steers government policy on important
issues, said an extradition treaty existed between the United States
If the United States presented enough proof of a person's
involvement in planning or carrying out terrorist attacks against the
United States, then the treaty may require Malaysia to turn that
person over to U.S. authorities, Mahathir said, according to
Rais Yatim, Malaysia's law minister, was cited in local media
Tuesday as saying the government had not received a formal U.S.
request to extradite Yazid.
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. A U.S. Embassy spokesman in
Kuala Lumpur declined comment.
Yazid was one of 23 recent arrests in what officials say was a
crackdown on a local Islamic group with ties to Osama bin
Laden's al-Qaida network and a plot to bomb the U.S. Embassy
and other targets in neighboring Singapore.
Police have not charged Yazid with any crime but are holding him
under a security law allowing for indefinite detention without trial.
Authorities accuse the militant group of threatening national
Officials speaking on condition of anonymity said Yazid is
cooperating with police and has provided details of meetings he
held with two Sept. 11 hijackers and Zacarias Moussaoui, who is
charged in the United States with conspiring in the attacks.
Malaysian officials said Yazid hosted Khalid al-Mihdhar and
Nawaz al-Hazmi at an apartment outside Kuala Lumpur in January
2000. Al-Midhar and al-Hazmi were on the American Airlines
plane that crashed into the Pentagon.
Moussaoui 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.
Yazid Sufaat - no extradition to US, no ISA but public trial
Media Statement by DAP National Chairman Lim Kit Siang in Petaling Jaya on
Tuesday, 5th February 2002:
DAP supports government stand against extradition of Yazid Sufaat to the
United States and may be to Camp X-Ray at Guantanamo Bay but wants him to
be charged and tried in open court
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said yesterday that
Malaysia will not hand over former army captain Yazid Sufaat, 37, to the
United States to face charges in Washington in connection with September 11
terror attacks because Yazid had committed an offence by formulating plans
to topple the Government in Malaysia by militant force.
He said: "To us his actions are a serious offence and we must take action
against him according to the laws of our country".
DAP supports the government stand against the extradition of Yazid Sufaat to
the United States and may be to Camp X-Ray at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba but
wants him to be charged and tried in open court for the offence of
attempting a violent overthrow of the elected government as alleged by Abdullah.
It is most disappointing that Abdullah had not, in his first task in
discharging the duties of the Prime Minister in the one month that Datuk
Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has taken leave, to instruct the police to
introduce a "smart" media policy and to end the present ridiculous situation
where Malaysians have to depend on the international media to get
information about police investigations about al-Qaeda operatives, networks
and activities in Malaysia and Southeast Asia.
From international media reports, it is clear that the information which the
United States administration has received about Yazid Sufaat and which
prompted their bid to extradite Yazid came from the Malaysian police
The New York Times of February 3 , for instance quoted an unnamed "senior
Malaysian official" as saying that the Malaysians have shared the
information from the interrogation of Sufaat with the United States, but the
Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has not interviewed Sufaat.
The Washington Post of February 3, after being briefed by the same unnamed
"senior Malaysian official", described Yazid as a "trusted lieutenant" of
Hambali, described as the "point man for al Qaeda in this region".
Hambali or Riduan Isamuddin, 36, who had been earlier described by the
Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Norian Mai early last month as one of
the three "directing figures" of Kumpulan Militant Malaysia (KMM) and Jemaah
Islamiah, had been on the Malaysian police wanted list as far back as August
There is no reason why Malaysia should extradite Yazid to the United States,
and probably to Camp X-Ray at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, based on the
information given by the Malaysian police to United States intelligence
arising from the interrogation of Yazid after his detention under the
Internal Security Act (ISA).
Yazid should not be standing trial in the United States but in Malaysia,
especially as Abdullah has accused him of the heinous crime of planning to
topple the goverhnment by militant force.
Yazid, who had just been sent to the Kamunting Detention Centre, should be
released under the ISA and be put on trial, giving him a chance to clear
himself of the serious crime of trying to bring about the violent overthrow
of the elected government as alleged by Abdullah.
The time has also come for Abdullah to focus on the ridiculous media policy
of the Malaysian government and police where Malaysians must read about news
about investigations of al Qaeda operatives, networks and activities in the
country in the foreign media - and lift the ban, visible or invisible,
imposed on the local media from full coverage of this important issue.