Source: NZ Herald
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) ” Malaysian police said Friday they have deported three Turkish men suspected of links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused of being behind a failed coup attempt in Turkey last year.
Human Rights Watch slammed the decision, saying the men face possible torture and prolonged pre-trial detention.
National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said the three men were sent to Ankara on Thursday after being found to be involved with an alleged terrorist organization headed by Gulen. He said the men also were illegal immigrants because Turkey had canceled their passports.
School principal Turgay Karaman and businessman Ihsan Aslan went missing May 2 and were initially feared to have been abducted before police said they had been detained without trial for being a threat to national security. Two days later, academic Ismet Ozcelik was held. Police initially said all three men were believed to be linked to the Islamic State group. Read more
Source: Benar News
U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gulen is hanged in effigy in Ankara, Turkey, during a protest targeting a failed coup against the government of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Aug. 2, 2016. Pic from AFP.
Three Turkish citizens who were in Malaysian custody for allegedly threatening national security have been deported to their home country because of suspected involvement with a cleric branded by Ankara as a terrorist leader, Malaysia’s police chief said Friday.
International rights groups and organizations Friday slammed the Malaysian decision to forcibly send the three back to Turkey, saying their lives would be in danger. The men’s relatives in Malaysia accused the authorities of failing to notify them about their loved ones’ expulsion in the middle of the night.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar said Friday the three were expelled a day earlier because they allegedly belonged to a group labelled by Turkey as the Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETO). Read more
Source: FMT News
Despite pleas by the families of the 3 Turkish detainees, deputy prime minister says they are not Putrajaya’s responsibility. Pic from FMT News.
PUTRAJAYA: The three Turkish citizens arrested in connection with alleged terrorist activities will be deported to their home country despite pleas from their families not to do so out of fear for their safety following Turkey’s ongoing crackdown on critics.
Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Malaysia would not entertain the families’ appeals as the matter was not Putrajaya’s responsibility. Read more
Source: FMT News
Lawyer for Turgay Karaman and Ismet Ozcelik, arrested under Sosma, says he will meet them before family are given some time with the detainees. Ismet Ozcelik (left) and Turgay Karaman. Pic from FMT News.
PETALING JAYA: Turkish citizens Turgay Karaman, Ihsan Aslan and Ismet Ozcelik, who were arrested by the police last week, will get to see their families today.
According to their lawyers, the police had granted them a meeting with Karaman, Ozcelik and Aslan in Bukit Aman police headquarters this morning.
“The families were also told to be at Bukit Aman at 11.30am, though the police said the families will only get to see the detainees at 2pm,” said Rosli Dahlan, who represents Karaman and Ozcelik.
Aslan’s wife, Ainnurul Aisyah Yunos Ali Maricar, said she was grateful and excited over the opportunity to meet with her husband. Read more