PETALING JAYA: Turkish Ihsan Aslan, detained on suspicion of terrorist activities, holds both the Malaysian and Turkish governments in high regard, his wife Ainnurul Aisyah Yunos Ali Maricar said today.
“He supports them (Turkish government), and he loves his country very much. But he loves Malaysia too.
“I used to ask him if he wanted us to move to Turkey, he said no. Because he loves Malaysia too. That’s why we try to go back (to Turkey) every year,” Ainnurul, 35, said at a press conference here today, accompanied by her three children aged two to 10.
With tears streaming down her face, she said the family visited Turkey twice last year.
According to her, on one of those trips, the attempted military coup against Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government took place just as the family were about to return to Malaysia.
“We were on our flight back home when it happened. We were all shocked,” she said.
Ainnurul told reporters that the Turkish government had never summoned her husband for questioning. Neither did the Malaysian authorities call him up at any time prior to his arrest last week, she added.
She also denied that her husband was involved in any activity involving exiled Turkish cleric Fetullah Gulen.
“(That is) not true. He is not involved in any movement at all. I’m still in shock because there is no reason for him to be arrested. He’s not guilty of anything.”
Ainnurul said she knew her husband’s routine very well, and that she had no reason to suspect him of any wrongdoing.
Being a responsible and family-oriented man, Aslan’s daily routine revolved only around work and family, she said.
“From Monday to Saturday, he will go to shop in the morning, and come back at 9pm. On Sunday, he will spend the whole day with the family.”
She added that he did not have the time to attend religious gatherings, or get involved in any NGO.
Aslan was initially thought to have been abducted after his wife had trouble reaching him on May 2.
The day after, Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar tweeted that Aslan along with another Turkish man, Turgay Karaman, were in fact arrested in connection with activities that threatened national security.
Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi later said the arrests were made after police obtained information from the Regional Digital Counter-Messaging Centre (CMC).
He added that the police’s findings, based on the duo’s communication, caused the authorities to suspect that they posed a security threat.
Another Turkish men, Ismet Ozcelik, was arrested on Thursday.