IGP: ‘Abducted’ Turkish man in custody
KUALA LUMPUR: A Turkish man, who is said to have been abducted by unknown men on Tuesday, turned out to be arrested by police.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, via his tweet handle @KBAB51, confirmed that Turgay Karaman was being detained under Section 130 of the Penal Code, which was related to activities threatening national security.
Police also arrested another Turkish man, Ihsan Aslan, on the same day.
On Tuesday, Turgay’s colleague, Suheyl Ozcelik, lodged a police report after they viewed a closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage, which showed Turgay rounded up by five unknown men at the car park of Wisma E&C in Bukit Damansara, here, and taken away in a car.
Turgay and his friends were scheduled to attend a witness briefing at 4.30pm on Tuesday for a criminal case at a lawyer’s office.
The lawyer, Mohd Faizal, said Turgay was a witness to a scuffle between immigration officers and five men.
“A few plain-clothed officers came to Suheyl’s apartment in Sentul to arrest Suheyl’s father, Ismet Ozcelik.
“It is believed that Ismet is a sympathiser to Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen. The Turkish government wants those who are related to Fethullah to be deported to Turkey.”
A scuffle ensued when Turgay and his friends tried to stop the officers from carrying their duty.
Faizal said Turgay was not involved, but he witnessed the incident.
Later, police came and arrested three Turkish men, including Suheyl and Ismet, as well as two friends of Suheyl’s — an Azerbaijian man and a Malaysian man. They were later released on police bail.