PUTRAJAYA — May 4, 2017: The arrests of two Turks believed to be involved in activities which threatened national security were made after police intercepted communications between them.
Deputy Prime Minister/Home Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi clarified today that based on information obtained from the Regional Digital Counter-Messaging Communications Centre, the Special Branch’s Counter Terrorism Division launched an operation to detain the two.
He was commenting on the arrests of Turgay Karaman and Ihsan Aslan, whose wives claimed were kidnapped but later confirmed by the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar as being arrested.
On the claims that the men were innocent and the arrests made based purely on accusations or assumptions, Zahid said that if what the wives claimed was true, the police will not be cruel and will let them go.
“However, we must respect the information obtained by the police and they have traced several communications,” he told reporters at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre.
Commenting further, Zahid said the police Anti-Terrorism Division had also tracked the movements of several individuals in spreading, influencing and providing funds to Daesh-related activities and the two Turks were on the list.
Further investigations will be carried out before a further decision on their position is made.
“Don’t worry, the police will not be cruel to anyone and if they are really not involved or their involvement is minimal, we give the assurance to their families that they will be released,” remarked Zahid. — Bernama