KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 7, 2015:
Clare Rewcastle Brown, an alleged participant in a conspiracy to disparage Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his administration, is now Malaysia’s person-of-interest (POI) with law enforcement agencies in 190 countries.
It’s at their discretion if she is allowed entry into these Interpol member countries.
Furthermore, it would be also their decision, too, if they decide to take her into custody acting on the warrant of arrest secured by Malaysian police.
In most instances, legal sources disclosed that these border authorities would exercise their discretion to deem the individual persona non grata at air, land and sea entry points.
This POI status came about after federal police headquarters uploaded her particulars over the Interpol website accessible to members worldwide in recent days.
The warrant was issued by a Kuala Lumpur court after police justified her alleged involvement in this political conspiracy beyond a reasonable doubt in their application.
To queries about how UK authorities would treat the Malaysia warrant of arrest, a spokesperson for the British High Commission here said: “We are aware of the matter. We do not comment on individual cases.”
“This POI status is the first phase of the Interpol move,” a source disclosed.
The second phase would be when the Lyon-based International police coalition would then convene a panel to decide what status would Rewcastle Brown be categorised, and there is a strong possibility she would come under a “Red Notice Alert” category.
Federal police are confident of Interpol’s cooperation following discussions between Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and Interpol secretary-general Jurgen Stock during the Asean police chiefs meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia this week.
While Rewcastle Brown remains a POI, the Attorney-Generals Chambers, through Wisma Putra, is expected to liaise with UK’s Crown Prosecution Service to execute the arrest warrant.
“Police can seek mutual legal understanding for criminal matters for the CPS to make the application at courts there.”
During the court proceedings in London, Rewcastle Brown can engage a lawyer to defend the extradition application.
“It may seem to be a long-drawn process but these are procedures which authorities have to adhere to.”
Citing an example, the legal source said Malaysia authorities are still awaiting approval from Vietnam to extradite eight suspects linked to the MT Orkim Harmony tanker hijacking in June.
The tanker was laden with 6,000 metric tons of petrol, worth RM21 million when it was reported missing while enroute to Kuantan from Malacca on June 11.
The hijackers made their getaway from the tanker, but were detained by Vietnam authorities near Tho Chu Island, South Vietnam on June 19.
Last month, Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency officials went to Hanoi to oversee requirements relating to the extradition of the eight suspects to be prosecuted in Malaysia.
Despite being able to produce finger prints, DNA results of the suspects, voice analysis from cellular phones and satellite communications, they still have to await a final decision from the Vietnam authorities.
In unrelated case, a suspected terrorist, believed to be Iranian, still remains behind bars in Malaysia pending final disposal of his extradition hearing here based on a Thai application.
The said individual was one of three linked to the Valentine Day bombings in Bangkok, Thailand three years ago.
The suspect was arrested in Kuala Lumpur and detained under the Immigration Act for terrorism acts in Bangkok, Thailand. Two others sought were detained in Bangkok.
One was nabbed when trying to board a flight out of the international airport, while the other was a casualty when he had both legs blown off when he hurled a hand grenade at police, only to find it bounce back.