India to seek formal help from Four nations in Israel car bombing

New Delhi, Jun 24: With no word from Tehran yet, India is all set to send legal request letters to four nations including Iran seeking help in its probe into the bombing of an Israeli
india to seek formal help from four nations in...
PTI June 24, 2012 19:06 IST
New Delhi, Jun 24: With no word from Tehran yet, India is all set to send legal request letters to four nations including Iran seeking help in its probe into the bombing of an Israeli embassy's vehicle here in February.

Official sources said today that Letters Rogatory for Iran, Malaysia, Thailand and Georgia has been sent to Union Home Ministry for vetting after which it would sent to Legals and Treaty Division of Ministry of External Affairs to be sent to these respective countries.

The sources said Iran had been earlier requested through diplomatic channels for help in tracing Houshang Afshar, who had planted a bomb on the vehicle of Israeli diplomat Tal Yeshua on February 13 in the vicinity of high-security residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

However, in absence of any word from Iran, the Government decided to send a Letters Rogatory to Tehran so that it could furnish the same document before a court here which has given Delhi Police additional 90 days to file a chargesheet in the case. There has been one arrest so far in this case.

The phone book of Masoud Sedaghatzadeh, who was arrested by Malaysian police from Kuala Lumpur airport, led sleuths from external and internal security agencies to Indian journalist Syed Mohammed Ahmed Kazmi after which the entire conspiracy started opening up.

The second request is being sent to Malaysia for sharing all evidence and statement of Sedaghatzadeh, who had managed to flee from Bangkok on February 13 following a botched up plan to target Israeli nationals there, the sources said.

Sources said Malaysian government, which had been cooperative in this case, had, however, made it clear to Indian authorities that Sedaghatzadeh would not be extradited to India as Thai authorities had already made request for him.

This move prompted Indian authorities to send a formal request asking authorities inKuala Lumpur to share all evidence, which could help in establishing role of Kazmi in the criminal conspiracy, the sources said.

A similar request was being sent to Thai authorities for sharing the interrogation reports of two Iranian nationals— Saeid Moradi and Mohammad Kharzei (both part of botched up plan in Bangkok) -- as one of them was a part of the Indian operations as well and had visited New Delhi last year, the sources said.

India would request Thai authorities to provide a certified copies of its probe which included pictures of Sedaghatzadeh and two other bombers—Moradi and Kharzei with some women escorts in Pattaya.

The photos, taken by one of the women from her mobile phone, purportedly shows the three Iranians at a Middle Eastern bar surrounded by hookah water-pipes, and enjoying the company of the females.

Bangkok police had also recorded statement of one of the women escorts, shared with police, which says that that Kharzei had asked her to escort him as he was not good in speaking or conversing in English language.

India has secured an Interpol Red Corner warrant against all the four.

India will also be sending a Letters Rogatory to Georgia where Afshar had visited on June 25.

The mobile phone used by the accused was switched on in Georgian capital for 14 seconds after which the Indian number was not used. Sources in the probe agency believe that the phone had been switched on to change to a different SIM card.
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