‘DE­TAINED TURKS TO BE SENT BACK HOME’

They can’t be sent to a third coun­try, says Zahid

New Straits Times - - News -

FAIRUZ MOHD SHAHAR PUTRAJAYA news@nst.com.my

THREE Turks ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of threat­en­ing na­tional se­cu­rity can be de­ported only to their coun­try of ori­gin and not to a third coun­try, as re­quested by fam­ily mem­bers.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi said po­lice should han­dle the case.

“They need to be de­ported to Turkey. Why should we bur­den other coun­tries? That is not our re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“The wives are not aware of their hus­bands’ in­volve­ment (in ac­tiv­i­ties re­lat­ing to the Is­lamic State).

“We leave it to the po­lice to use reg­u­la­tions to take ac­tion, in­clud­ing de­por­ta­tion.”

Zahid, who is also home min­is­ter, was com­ment­ing on a re­quest by Ayse Gul Kara­man, wife of one of the men, Tur­gay Kara­man, to have her hus­band de­ported to any coun­try other than Turkey.

She urged the gov­ern­ment to send her hus­band else­where, claim­ing that the Turk­ish gov­ern­ment would tor­ture him if he were sent back.

She claimed that at least 50 po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers had ei­ther died or been left to die in Turk­ish pris­ons.

Zahid said the Home Min­istry would con­tinue to ne­go­ti­ate with the Turk­ish em­bassy in Kuala Lumpur to have the wives and chil­dren sent back too.

“We are hu­mane. If the wives and chil­dren are in­no­cent, they will not be pun­ished.

“We will ne­go­ti­ate with the Turk­ish em­bassy for the de­por­ta­tion.”

On whether the fam­i­lies could choose to stay in Malaysia, Zahid said they were al­lowed to re­main in the coun­try if they qual­i­fied for a res­i­dent pass or had mul­ti­ple en­try visas.

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