Police arrest third Turkish man

Ismet-Ozcelik

KUALA LUMPUR: Another Turkish man has been arrested by police, bringing to three the number of Turkish citizens detained for security reasons.

The Star reported that Ismet Ozcelik was detained around 5.30pm on Thursday while travelling in a car with his son Suheyl and another unidentified individual.

It quoted Bukit Aman Special Branch Department director Comm Mohamad Fuzi Harun as confirming the arrest. Ozcelik and Suheyl’s phones were also confiscated.

However according to news portal Turkish Minute, Ozcelik, a Turkish academic, carries an UNHCR refugee card.

The news portal also quoted a tweet by another son of Ozcelik’s, Suat that was posted on Thursday.

In the tweet, Suat says, “Today my father was detained again in Malaysia. There are two other Turkish citizens also kidnapped by the Malaysians. He has Refugee Card from UNHCR. My father is still under protection of UNHCR in Malaysia. I’m waiting for all human rights institution to help. There is no statement from Malaysian authorities about my father.”

Pic courtesy Malay Mail Online
Pic courtesy Malay Mail Online

On Tuesday, police arrested Turgay Karaman and Ihsan Aslan. Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said yesterday that the two were allegedly involved in spreading the influence of Islamic State and collecting funds for the militant group.

The Star report said Ozcelik was supposed to stand trial on May 3 and 4 for allegedly obstructing civil servants from carrying out their duties.

However, the trial was postponed to May 19 for case management following Karaman’s absence as a witness.

Suheyl and Karaman were supposed to meet with their lawyers but Karaman never showed up, as he had been picked up by police.