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Detained Turkish men to meet lawyers and families

 | May 9, 2017

Lawyer for Turgay Karaman and Ismet Ozcelik, arrested under Sosma, says he will meet them before families are given some time with the detainees.


Ismet Ozcelik (left) and Turgay Karaman.

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.

“Alhamdulillah. The police called me at around 10am today to deliver the news. I will be meeting my husband at 2pm, and I’m bringing my three children along,” she said when contacted.

Turkish academic Ozcelik was detained at around 5.30pm on May 4, while travelling in a car with his son Suheyl and another unidentified individual.

Karaman on the other hand was initially thought to have been abducted, after a CCTV recording showed five plain-clothed men abducting him in the car park of Wisma E&C in Damansara Heights, on May 2.

Another Turk, Ihsan Aslan was also reported as abducted on the same day, after his wife failed to contact him that night.

However, on May 3, Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar tweeted that Aslan and Karaman were actually arrested in connection with activities that threatened national security.

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had later said that the arrests were made after police obtained information from the Regional Digital Counter-Messaging Centre (CMC).

He added that the police have made some findings based on the duo’s communication that led authorities suspecting that they pose a security threat.

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