‘AB­DUCTED’ TURKS AR­RESTED OVER I.S. CON­NEC­TION

DPM says po­lice will re­lease them if they are cleared

New Straits Times - - News -

FAIRUZ MOHD SHAHAR

AND FAREZZA HANUM RASHID PUTRAJAYA news@nst.com.my

THE two Turks who were ini­tially be­lieved to have been ab­ducted, were ar­rested by po­lice for hav­ing al­leged links to the Is­lamic State (IS) ter­ror group.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said their ar­rests fol­lowed information ob­tained by the po­lice from the Re­gional Dig­i­tal Coun­terMes­sag­ing Cen­tre.

“The po­lice’s anti-ter­ror­ism unit has been fol­low­ing the move­ments of sev­eral in­di­vid­u­als in­volved in spread­ing, in­flu­enc­ing and fund­ing ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to IS.

“These in­clude the two Turks. We un­der­stand the con­cerns of their fam­ily mem­bers.

“We have rea­sons to ar­rest them un­der the Se­cu­rity Of­fences (Spe­cial Mea­sures) Act 2012 (Sosma) and will bring this case to court,” he said af­ter clos­ing the In­ter­na­tional Wasatiyyah Sem­i­nar here yes­ter­day.

In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had said Tur­gay Kara­man and Ih­san As­lan were ar­rested as they threat­ened the se­cu­rity of Malaysia.

Khalid con­firmed in a tweet that the two were caught for “ac­tiv­i­ties that threaten the safety of Malaysia un­der Sec­tion 130 of the Pe­nal Code”.

Mean­while, Zahid who is also home min­is­ter, said: “If, as claimed by their wives that the men are not in­volved, the po­lice will re­lease them.

“How­ever, we have to re­spect the information gath­ered by the po­lice. They made the find­ings based on com­mu­ni­ca­tions made by these in­di­vid­u­als.”

He said Malaysia would col­lab­o­rate with the Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties to in­ves­ti­gate the case.

In Kuala Lumpur, As­lan’s wife Ain­nu­rul Aisyah Yunos Ali Maricar yes­ter­day asked the pub­lic not to spec­u­late on her hus­band’s al­leged links with IS.

“It is painful to read in the me­dia about my hus­band’s links with IS.

“The pain is dif­fi­cult to de­scribe.

“I hope that peo­ple will stop spec­u­lat­ing and let the po­lice in­ves­ti­gate.

“I be­lieve that my hus­band is not guilty,” she told the New Straits Times yes­ter­day.

Po­lice had not no­ti­fied As­lan’s fam­ily of his ar­rest and that she found out about it through Khalid’s tweet on Wed­nes­day.

How­ever, Ain­nu­rul said her com­mu­ni­ca­tion with po­lice had since im­proved.

“The po­lice’s Spe­cial Branch in­formed me that As­lan is in good hands, but cur­rently he is not al­lowed to com­mu­ni­cate with any­one, in­clud­ing his fam­ily mem­bers.

“Po­lice were help­ful when I was called to the Dang Wangi po­lice sta­tion to give a state­ment,” she said.

Ain­nu­rul said she would be able to see As­lan af­ter 48 hours, which was 9pm yes­ter­day, but was later told by an of­fi­cer that Mon­day morn­ing would be bet­ter.

She said she had no de­tails of why her hus­band was ar­rested.

She added that all he did daily was go to work in the morn­ing and came home by 9pm.

“If they put a GPS (global-po­si­tion­ing sys­tem) de­vice on him to track his move­ments, they can see that is all he does.

“I be­lieve that he is not guilty of any­thing,” she said, adding that be­fore his ar­rest, there was noth­ing out of the or­di­nary in As­lan’s move­ments or be­hav­iour.

“If he was not at the shop, he was with us (the fam­ily) all the time,” she said.

As­lan runs a whole­sale busi­ness sell­ing scarves.

He came to Malaysia in 2001 and mar­ried Ain­nu­rul in 2003.

They have three chil­dren, aged be­tween 2 and 10, in­clud­ing a dis­abled child.

“The chil­dren don’t know what is go­ing on. When they ask about their fa­ther, I tell them that he is away for work,” she said.

Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar

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