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Turkish operatives helped in forced return of three Turks

 | May 19, 2017

Turkey Purge portal quotes state-run news agency as saying the Turkish officials collaborated with Malaysian officials in the arrest of the trio who were later deported to Turkey.

3-rakyat-turkeyKUALA LUMPUR: Officials from Turkish enforcement agencies were involved in the forced return of three Turks from Malaysia, according to a report.

The trio – Turgay Karaman, İhsan Aslan and İsmet Özçelik who were deported to Turkey on May 11 – were taken into custody the moment they landed in Ankara, as part of investigations into the Gulen movement, the portal Turkey Purge claimed.

The Turkish government accuses the Gulen movement – an Islamic transnational religious and socialmovement led by Turkish preacher Fethullah Gülen – of masterminding a July 15, 2016, coup attempt.

The Turkey Purge report noted that Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu Bakar had told reporters that there had been no pressure from the Turkish authorities to take action against the trio and that they were arrested because they were a threat to Malaysia’s security.

However, it said, “Turkey’s state-run Anadolu agency claimed otherwise”.

It quoted Anadolu as saying that officials from the Turkish National Intelligence Organisation, an anti-terror police unit and an anesthetist were tasked with participation in the operation in Kuala Lumpur.

The anesthetist was on stand-by to intervene in Özçelik’s detention if he were to resist, it quoted Anadolu as having reported.

The report said Özcelik was a former board member at Mevlana University, which was closed down over Gülen links, while Karaman was the headmaster of a Gulen-linked international school in Malaysia. Aslan, it said, was a member of the Malaysian-Turkish Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a Gülen-linked business association based in Kuala Lumpur.

According to Turkey Purge, Anadolu reported that the Turkish group had shared information about the trio with “a Malaysian spy agency and law enforcement” and that they had used code names to disguise themselves.

Anadolu reported that Turkey’s involvement was so confidential that officials did not even talk about it with family members.

Turkey Purge – a portal run by young journalists – said two other Turkish nationals who were deported from Malaysia last October were also arrested upon their return to Turkey.

FMT could not immediately verify the authenticity of the report as the Anadolu report referred to by Turkey Purge is in the Turkish language.

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had earlier said the Turkish nationals had been under police watch for alleged links to the Islamic State terror group.

 


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