India victimising me: Iqbal Mirchi

Last Updated: Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 15:49

London: Iqbal Memon alias Mirchi, whose
extradition is being sought by India in connection with the
1993 Mumbai blast case, says he wants to return to India but
was being unnecessarily victimised.

Released on bail after he was charged with threatening to
kill his nephew here, Mirchi, considered as Dawood Ibrahim`s
right hand man, claimed in a statement issued through his
solicitor Afsheen Chowdhry, that he had no role in terrorist
activities and no connection with the underworld don.

In the statement that concluded with `Jai Hind`, the
61-year-old said he missed his homeland and was keen to
return.

He was arrested here and charged for threatening to kill
his 41-year-old nephew Nadeem Kader before being released on
bail on Tuesday.

Claiming he was a "law abiding person with no
convictions", he said he was "being victimised for being a
successful businessman".

"An arrest warrant was wrongly issued in connection with
charges of murder and drugs by the Indian authorities in an
effort to victimise me," Mirchi said in a specific reference
to the Interpol Red Alert against him.

He also said that the Indian government`s decision not to
withdraw the arrest warrant against him even after it lost the
first extradition case in London was against the "principles
of natural justice".

"Despite all problems that I have faced, I miss my
homeland and hope that one day justice will prevail and I will
be able to return home," he said.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 15:49

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