Home minister: Indira Gandhi's ex-husband no longer in Malaysia

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin is pictured in Parliament August 12, 2020. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin is pictured in Parliament August 12, 2020. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 12 — M. Indira Gandhi's Muslim convert ex-husband, Muhammad Ridzuan Abdullah, was believed to be living abroad and regularly relocating to avoid detection, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin said.

In a written reply to Wangsa Maju MP Datin Paduka Tan Yee Kew, Hamzah said the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) has visited Muhammad Ridzuan's addresses as listed with the National Registration Department (NRD) and found he no longer resided there.

“The name of the person has also been blacklisted in the records of the Immigration Department, to track and arrest him if he tries to flee abroad.

“Currently, based on the investigation by the PDRM, it is believed that Muhammad Ridzuan is not in Malaysia and does not remain in one place, but moves from one place to another in an effort to prevent detection and make it difficult for the authorities to conduct investigations,” Hamzah said.

He said the police is also working with the authorities in neighbouring countries to identify the location of the fugitive, adding that it will take legal action should Muhammad Ridzuan return to Malaysia.

Tan had asked Hamzah in Parliament to explain as the police’s failure to comply with the Federal Court’s order to detain Muhammad Riduan, who fled with Prasana Diksa when she was only 11 months old in 2009.  

The top court ruled in January 2018 that the unilateral conversions of Indira’s children by Muhammad Ridzuan in 2009 were unlawful.

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