Woman meets ‘lover’ on FB, agrees to go to Syria

New Straits Times - - News -

KOTA BARU: Re­grets and a bro­ken heart are not the end of a young woman’s night­mare.

She is now in hot wa­ter af­ter be­ing ar­rested for al­legedly join­ing the Is­lamic State (IS).

The 26-year-old is among 17 sus­pects in South­east Asia picked up in a swoop by In­ter­pol be­tween March 28 and April 6.

Her tale of be­trayal and heart­break was re­lated by her mother, who met the girl first at Bukit Aman and then Ka­jang Prison, where she is be­ing de­tained.

“My daugh­ter, who is a fi­na­lyear med­i­cal student in Kuala Lumpur, told me that she knew the man through Face­book since 2015 and was in a re­la­tion­ship.

“How­ever, she said she had never met the lo­cal man, known only as Is­mail,” she said at her home here.

The widow said her daugh­ter agreed to meet him in Syria and left last Au­gust.

Upon reach­ing Tur­key, the daugh­ter re­alised her folly when she re­alised her beau was not there as promised.

“Ac­cord­ing to my daugh­ter, it was too late when she re­alised her mis­take.

“She could not re­turn to Malaysia as she was robbed of all her money and im­por­tant doc­u­ments, in­clud­ing her pass­port.

“She said she was lucky to have met an In­done­sian fam­ily in Tur­key, who took her in.”

The third of five sib­lings, how­ever, was de­tained by Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties early this year at the coun­try’s bor­der as she was about to en­ter Syria with the In­done­sian fam­ily.

“The In­done­sian fam­ily were released as their travel doc­u­ments were in or­der, but my daugh­ter was ar­rested,” she said.

Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties handed the daugh­ter over to Malaysian au­thor­i­ties in March.

“Her ar­rest shocked us. We did not think that she would be will­ing to travel to an­other coun­try alone just to meet some­one who may not even ex­ist.”

The mother said she was sad about her daugh­ter’s predica­ment, but was nev­er­the­less re­lieved that she was found eight months af­ter she went miss­ing.

She said her daugh­ter, who was dev­as­tated af­ter the death of her pre­vi­ous boyfriend two years ago, sought es­cape through re­li­gion.

“That was when she met Is­mail, who promised to take care of her. She told me that it never crossed her mind that she might have cho­sen poorly,” she said, adding that what her daugh­ter went through should serve as a les­son to all.

It was re­ported re­cently that the young woman has since been charged with for­eign ter­ror ac­tiv­ity.

Fed­eral po­lice Special Branch Coun­tert­er­ror­ism Di­vi­sion prin­ci­pal as­sis­tant di­rec­tor Datuk Ayob Khan My­din Pitchay was re­ported to have said the woman had been charged un­der Sec­tion 130JA for sup­port­ing ter­ror­ist group, read to­gether with Sec­tion 511 of the Pe­nal Code for her at­tempt to en­ter Syria.

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