PETALING JAYA: Police have confirmed the arrest of prominent Turkish journalist Mustafa Akyol, hours after he arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport to board a flight to Rome.
A short statement from the Bukit Aman police headquarters confirmed that immigration authorities at the airport detained Akyol last night following a request by police.
The reason for Akyol’s detention is not known, but Malaysian police have in the past worked together with their counterparts in Turkey to deport critics of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, whose government has arrested tens of thousands of people accused of supporting a failed coup last year.
The confirmation of Akyol’s arrest comes as the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) prepares to visit KLIA today, after efforts to trace Akyol failed following his detention by immigration authorities. Read more