Malaysia Approves Extradition of Iranian to Thailand on Terror Allegations

Posted June 25th, 2012 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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A Malaysian court has approved the extradition of an Iranian man to Thailand on suspicion of involvement in a bomb plot against Israeli diplomats in that country.

Masoud Sedaghatzadeh was arrested at a Malaysian airport on February 14 soon after an apparently accidental blast occurred at a Bangkok house where bombs were found. Thai police say Sedaghatzadeh and two other Iranian men now in Thai custody had been seen leaving the house.

The defendant's lawyer said his client is innocent and will appeal.

“He said he wasn't involved. He doesn't know about the bomb and all that. He was only associating with those people involved, but he doesn't know that they were involved in the other activities. He didn't know.''

Prosecutor Kamal Baharin Omar said Sedaghatzadeh can still file a legal appeal against the court's ruling.

“If he failed to file the writ of habeas corpus in time, the minister may issue the order to transfer him to Thailand. But if he filed the application the writ of habeas corpus within time, the order will be stayed. His case will be reheard, reargued, before the high court.''

Thai officials have said that Israeli diplomats in Bangkok may have been the target of the alleged bomb plot.