Ex­tra­di­tion agree­ment needed, says ex­pert

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: It will not be easy to get North Korea to ex­tra­dite four men sought by po­lice in the Kim Jong-nam mur­der case.

Univer­siti Ke­bangsaan Malaysia’s In­sti­tute of Malaysian and In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies se­nior fel­low and deputy di­rec­tor As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor Dr Su­fian Ju­soh yes­ter­day told the New Straits

Times that Malaysia would need to have an ex­tra­di­tion agree­ment with North Korea.

“If we have for­eign sus­pects and they have gone back to their coun­try of ori­gin, we need to bring them back to our coun­try, but first there must be an ex­tra­di­tion agree­ment with that coun­try.

“With­out an ex­tra­di­tion agree­ment, we have no right to bring them back.”

Su­fian said an ex­tra­di­tion was a gov­ern­ment-to-gov­ern­ment process, which in­volved the at­tor­ney-gen­eral, courts and the For­eign Min­istry of both coun­tries.

Po­lice only come into the pic­ture when the sus­pects have ar­rived in the coun­try where the crime was com­mit­ted.

“With­out an ex­tra­di­tion agree­ment, we can ask the other gov­ern­ment to ex­tra­dite the sus­pects, but they can refuse to do so if they want to pro­tect their ci­ti­zens.”

On whether Malaysia should get a third coun­try to act as a me­di­a­tor, Su­fian said it would not help with the case.

“Ev­ery coun­try has own is­sues, and if they agree to help us, we might have to re­turn the favour and get mud­dled in their prob­lems, too.

“It is best for Malaysia to deal with North Korea di­rectly.”

The four North Kore­ans who fled the coun­try are Ri Ji-hyon, 33, Hong Song-hac, 34, O Jong­gil, 55, and Ri Jae-nam, 57.

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