Bringing home Malaysian woman linked to IS will take time, say police

Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay from the Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division says authorities are discussing the situation with the related parties in Syria.

KUALA LUMPUR: The process of repatriating a Malaysian woman detained in Syria who is believed to be a member of the Islamic State (IS) militant group will take time as it requires cooperation from various parties, say police.

Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division principal assistant director Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said they were currently in the early stages of discussions with the home ministry, Wisma Putra and other related parties in Syria.

“We will see what the best option is as we have also identified about 10 other couples who are still there (Syria). We have already met the members of their families to seek the best way to bring them home.

“However, we also need to know their real situation and locations, whether they are still in Syria or in other countries. Once we receive the information, only then we can plan the next course of action,” he told reporters here yesterday.

He said any individual who had been to Syria to involve themselves with the extremist group would be punished, although punishment would depend on the case.

Ayob Khan said if a child or woman was involved, they would not be imprisoned but detained in accordance with the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).

The 30-year-old woman, believed to have fought with IS militants in Syria, has sought help from the police and government to rescue her and her four children who were detained in Syria.

According to Ayob Khan, the woman who contacted her father over two weeks ago said she and her children were in a detention camp while her husband, who was captured by Kurdistan troops, was in jail.

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