Malaysia requests extradition of Bangkok blast suspect

March 15, 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Malaysian authorities on Thursday (March15th) applied to extradite to Thailand an Iranian man suspected of involvement in an alleged bomb plot against Israeli diplomats in Bangkok last month.

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    Masoud Sedaghatzadeh was arrested at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 15th, a day after the alleged plot was exposed by an unintended blast at a Bangkok house.

    Malaysia was acting on a Thai extradition request, said Kamal Baharin Omar, head of extraditions with the attorney-general's office.

    But Sedaghatzadeh's lawyer, Mohamad Nashir Hussin, said the application was invalid because there was no extradition treaty between the two neighbours.

    Sedaghatzadeh is one of three Iranian men detained after Israeli embassy staffers were targeted in India, Thailand and Georgia. Israel has accused Iran of organising the attacks.

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