IGP: ‘Ab­ducted’ Turk­ish man in cus­tody

New Straits Times - - News -

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.

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