Cops in process of bringing home 23 Malaysians detained in Syria

Bukit Aman Special Branch Anti-Terrorist Division principal assistant director Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) is in the process of bringing home 23 of the 51 Malaysians being detained in Syria for their alleged involvement in terrorism.

Bukit Aman Special Branch Anti-Terrorist Division (E8) principal assistant director Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said of the 23 people, 11 are adults and the rest children.

“All of them have contacted their respective families, who have then sought PDRM’s help to bring them home,” he told reporters after giving a talk at an event here today.

He said all of them would be questioned and given counselling upon their return.

“The men will be arrested and questioned. As for the women and children, it will depend on their cases because these women had to follow their husbands.

“The questioning process will also involve counsellors, psychologists and ustaz (Islamic religious teachers). They will provide counselling, advice and evaluate them so that they will not get involved in terrorism again.”

On the process of bringing them home, Ayob Khan said it could not be finalised yet as the matter involved discussions with various quarters.

“It involves discussion with many quarters in Syria because some of them are detained at the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) camp, and there are also those detained by the Syrian authorities.

“We want to determine where they are, whether at the United Nations camp or al-Qaeda or elsewhere.

“Only then can we arrange for their return and it takes a long time,” he added.