KLIA shooting: 'Strict Saudi security makes fleeing futile'

Ex-IGP explains extradition process for fleeing criminals

18 Apr 2024 10:16am
Photo for illustration purpose only. - FILE PIX
Photo for illustration purpose only. - FILE PIX

SHAH ALAM - Former Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan says strict security measures in Saudi Arabia have prevented criminals from fleeing there in the past.

He said that the rigorous control in place serves as a deterrent, making it difficult for individuals to enter the country without scrutiny.

"To date, there has been no reported case of a criminal escaping to Mecca," he told Sinar when contacted yesterday.

His comments come after a man, allegedly intending to flee to Mecca after injuring a bodyguard at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, was arrested in Kelantan.

Musa further described that in the event of a criminal fleeing abroad, including to Saudi Arabia, Malaysia could seek assistance from Interpol to extradite the individual back to the country.

"In my experience, Malaysia has never directly collaborated with Saudi Arabia for extradition purposes.

"However, Malaysia can engage Interpol for assistance," he added.

Nevertheless, Musa emphasised the importance of allowing the police sufficient space to conduct a thorough investigation now that the suspect is in custody.

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Meanwhile, Andalusia Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd Executive Chairman Datuk Md Daud Che Ngah indicated the suspect's attempt to escape to Mecca via Thailand as "futile," noting the rigorous security measures at Saudi Arabia's entry points.

"Security checks are stringent, with multiple scans conducted.

"Therefore, attempting to flee to Mecca is imprudent," he said.

He also highlighted the severe consequences the suspect would face if apprehended for possessing firearms in Saudi Arabia, potentially facing the death penalty.

Daud said the incident doesn't reflect poorly on the mutawif industry, as it stemmed from a personal marital issue.