Third Turk arrested in Malaysia for security reasons

Hours after a Turkish man was allegedly abducted in a carpark in Kuala Lumpur, his fellow countryman has been reported as missing in the Malaysian capital.

Showing photographs of the meeting, the report stated that Karaman, who was secretary-general of the Malaysian-Turkish Dialogue Society at the time, had interviewed Najib.

Karaman, who is the principal of Time International School in Ipoh, Perak, was arrested in KL on May 2.

In a police report seen by Malay Mail Online, she said her husband had went to his shop at Plaza City One since morning but was still uncontactable.

News of the arrests broke yesterday, when national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar tweeted that the men were being held "because they threatened the security of Malaysia".

Turgay Karaman, the head of an global school, and Ihsan Aslan, a businessman, were arrested on Tuesday.

Ainnurul Aisyah Yunos Ali Maricar said she and her husband own a shawl wholesale business and have three children.

A third Turkish national has been arrested in Malaysia, his lawyer said Friday, after two others were taken into custody this week on suspicion of funding the Islamic State group.

But Malaysia is among those appearing to comply with its ally's requests, having previously detained Ismet Ozcelik, a former university director in Turkey who was sacked following the coup attempt. Ozcelik, a visiting university professor, was first arrested by Malaysiaan authorities last December after Turkish authorities said his passport was cancelled.

Meanwhile, according to The Guardian, Karaman's social media accounts promote books on topics like Turkish cuisine and Sufism, the mystical branch of Islam detested by hardline jihad promoters.

Karaman and Aslan are believed to be linked to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization, or FETO.

After Karaman failed to attend a meeting with the friend and a lawyer, the two went to his apartment as they were anxious he might have been abducted since two other Turks who were sympathizers of the Gülen movement, which Turkish authorities accuse of being behind a failed coup last summer, were abducted by Turkish intelligence in Malaysia after the putsch.

The wives of the duo have denied the allegations.

Khalid, however, insists the trio's detention was not made upon the requests of the Turkish government. But at a news conference the next day, Khalid said the two were being held under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (SOSMA), an administrative detention law. But they work here legally, they have permits.

  • Leroy Wright