(From right) Ozcelik, Aslan and Karaman
KUALA LUMPUR: The three Turkish men who were arrested for allegedly threatening national security were suspected of being involved with the Fetullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO), said Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
The trio — Turgay Karaman, 43, Ihsan Aslan, 39, and Ismet Ozcelik, 58 — were deported on Thursday by the Counter Terrorism Division with the assistance of the Immigration Department.
“They were deported to Ankara. Based on investigations, the trio were believed to have been involved in activities connected to FETO.
“They were also wanted by Turkish authorities. FETO has been classified as a terrorist organisation by the Turkish Government and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)” said the Inspector General of Police in a statement on Friday.
Travels documents belonging to the trio have been rescinded by the Turkish Government, added the IGP.
“With their documents invalid, their presence in Malaysia is illegal and they are considered illegal immigrants.
“We will continue to monitor and take action against any terror group, which tries to make Malaysia its logistical centre, hideout or launching pad for terror attacks,” he said.
Earlier, the IGP tweeted that the trio had been deported to Ankara on Thursday night.
Ozcelik was picked up last Thursday while he was travelling in a car with his son, Suheyl and another unidentified individual.
His arrest came two days after the arrests of Turgay and Aslan.
Ozcelik was supposed to stand trial on May 3 and 4 for allegedly obstructing civil servants from carrying out their duties.
However, the trial was postponed to May 19 for case management following Turgay's absence as a witness.
Suheyl had lodged a police report at the Damansara Police station after he believed Turgay was abducted by unidentified men at Wisma E&C in Damansara Heights.
Suheyl and Turgay were supposed to meet with their lawyers but Turgay never showed up.
Khalid confirmed later that Turgay was not abducted but arrested under Section 130 of the Penal Code for activities that threatened the safety of Malaysia.