A non-bailable warrant for Sedaghatzadeh Masoud,who allegedly headed Iranian modules that targeted an Israeli diplomat in New Delhi on February 13 but botched an attack in Bangkok two days later,has been sent by Delhi Police to a court in Malaysia with a request for access to question him.
Masoud was arrested from Kuala Lumpur airport on February 15 when he was about to board a flight for Iran. The warrant obtained from a Delhi court last month was sent to the Malaysian authorities with the help of Interpol. The request was sent ten days ago.
Delhi Police claimed Masoud was the operational head of the modules responsible for the attacks in New Delhi and Bangkok. Police said Houshang Irani,the man who allegedly stuck a bomb on the car of the Israeli diplomat in New Delhi,had been in constant touch with him.
We had already procured the warrant from a city court,we sent it to Interpol who forwarded it to the court in Malaysia. Masoud has been detained there,we need to question him as he is a key link in our investigations, a senior police officer said.
The Interpol has already issued a Red Corner Notice against Masoud and three other Iranian suspects.
The request cities 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 inking a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty in Criminal Matters.
Malaysian authorities,however,are keen on sending Masoud to Bangkok as an extradition request from Thailand was received first and he was part of the botched attack there.