28Jun2017

Turks arrested for alleged IS links, says Zahid

The police had arrested two Turkish nationals yesterday for alleged links to the Islamic State (IS) terror group, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Zahid, also the home minister, said the duo had been under police watch before their arrest.

He said the police’s anti-terrorism unit had been monitoring the communications made by the two — identified as Turgay Karaman and Ihsan Aslan — and had reason to arrest them under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) for further investigation.

“The anti-terrorism unit under the police’s special branch has been closely following the movements of several individuals involved in the spreading of influence and the funding of activities related to Daesh (IS).

“These include the two Turkish nationals,” Zahid told reporters after an event in Putrajaya today.

Zahid also assured family members of Karaman and Aslan that they would be released if investigations found that their involvement was “minimal”.

“We have to respect the information gathered by the police. They made some findings based on communication made by these individuals,” he said.

Karaman and Aslan were initially believed to have been abducted.

However, Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar confirmed yesterday that the two had been arrested for activities that threaten the safety of Malaysia under Section 130 of the Penal Code.-5/5/2017


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