India asks Malaysia to extradite bombing suspect (JERUSALEM POST) By KANCHAN GUPTA AND JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT 03/18/12)
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NEW DELHI – Investigators have zeroed in on the key conspirator, an
Iranian national, behind the February 13 bombing of an Israeli
embassy car, and want him extradited from Malaysia where he is
currently in police custody.
Delhi Police have sought the assistance of India’s Central Bureau of
Investigation, which deals with international crime, in securing the
extradition of Masod Sedaghatzadeh. Interpol has been approached to
issue a “Red Corner” notice.
A court here has issued an “open warrant” for Sedaghatzadeh’s arrest,
which is a prerequisite.
According to sources, Sedaghatzadeh was the head of the “terror
module” which had planned similar bombings targeted at Israeli
Embassy personnel in Bangkok. The Bangkok plot fell apart when one of
the terrorists, an Iranian national, blew up the bombs he was
carrying, along with his legs.
Sedaghatzadeh is believed to have also “guided the bombers in Delhi.”
Police said Houshang Afshar Irani, the Iranian who allegedly planted
the “sticky bomb” on the Israeli Embassy car in Delhi, “was in touch
The Iranian mastermind behind the Delhi attack has been charged under
the tough anti-terror Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, the
Explosives Substances Act and the Indian Penal Code.
According to the police, scrutiny of the record of telephone calls
from and to Delhi has revealed that Sedaghatzadeh was in touch with
Irani. The calls are also believed to show the involvement of Indian
journalist Syed Mohammed Ahmad Kazmi who was arrested on March 6.
Kazmi’s call records show he was in contact with Irani.
On Friday, Delhi Police began the formal process of securing Interpol
Red Corner notices against three other Iranians – Houshang Afshar
Irani, Syed Ali Mahdiansadr and Mohammadreza Abolghasemi. Open
warrants have been issued against them too.
The police believe they carried out the bombing and left India soon
after that. Sources said the investigators “have a fair idea” of
where they are at the moment. But there has been no official comment.
Investigations have led the police to believe that the Iranian
conspirators conducted the first reconnaissance of the area around
the Israeli Embassy in the heart of Delhi in May 2011. The
information was used to prepare the blueprint for the attack.
The conspirators returned to Delhi in January and fine-tuned their
plan after studying the pattern of arrivals and departures by
diplomats and personnel at the embassy.
Kazmi, who insists he is innocent and has been “falsely framed” by
the police, has approached a local court with the complaint that he
is being “interrogated by Mossad agents.” The police have denied the
Supporters of Kazmi, a Shia, have been trying to mobilize protesters
to rally for his release. A Shia scholar on Saturday told journalists
that “members of the [Shia] community would stage a march in Lucknow
[capital of the State of Uttar Pradesh which has a sizable Muslim and
Shia population] on March 23 and lay siege to Parliament on March 26
to protest Kazmi’s arrest.”
The police, however, are standing firm with investigators insisting
that they have stacked up irrefutable evidence against Kazmi to prove
his involvement in the February 13 attack. (© 1995-2011, The
Jerusalem Post 03/18/12)
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