Police arrest 2 Turkish nationals over security threat, Zahid clarifies


PUTRAJAYA: The arrest of two Turkish nationals, deemed as national security threats, was made after the police obtained information from the Regional Digital Counter-Messaging Centre (CMC).

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the arrest was based on police operations.

“We have to respect the decision made by the police as they received the information from CMC.

“If, as claimed by the wives of both detainees, their husbands are not involved, police will release them,” Zahid told reporters after closing the International Wasatiyyah Seminar at Putrajaya International Convention Centre here, today.

He said that the police have made some findings based on a few of the duo’s communications that has led the authorities to believe that the two are involved in security threats.

“So let them investigate.”

Zahid, who is also Home Minister, was commenting on the arrest of two Turkish nationals who were allegedly kidnapped, but the police later confirmed that they were detained due to security threat.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had said Turgay Karaman and Ihsan Aslan were arrested as they threatened the security of Malaysia.

He confirmed in a tweet that the two were caught for “activities that threaten the safety of Malaysia under Section 130 of the Penal Code”.

Zahid added that the authorities will conduct comprehensive investigation on the case.