Umm Qasar still too dangerous to contact student


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 13 Aug 2003

Mohd Abdullah Osman

PUTRAJAYA: The situation in Umm Qasar, Iraq, where Malaysian student Mohd Abdullah Osman is detained, is still too dangerous for any Malaysian Embassy official to try to contact him. 

His sister Rohizan said the Government was still waiting for US authorities in Iraq to answer to enquiries it had put forward on Mohd Abdullah. 

“Nobody has seen him yet, not even our embassy officials in Syria and Jordan. As you know, the situation in Umm Qasar is not very safe so they cannot go in. 

“Even the US authorities are extra careful about the situation in Umm Qasar,” she said after meeting Wisma Putra secretary-general Tan Sri Ahmad Fuzi Abdul Razak at his office yesterday. 

Rohizan said Ahmad Fuzi assured her family that everything possible would be done to secure Mohd Abdullah’s release. 

Last Wednesday, Rohizan said Mohd Abdullah had been located by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) two months ago but that the organisation did not act because there was no request from the Government or family members then. 

Mohd Abdullah, who stayed back after the US invasion of Iraq because he wanted to complete his master's degree in Hadith at Saddam University, was one of three Malaysian students who had refused to leave Iraq when war broke out, saying he was determined to complete his studies. 

He decided to return home in June after completing his studies but was detained at the Syrian border with 42 others. 

Rohizan said she would approach the ICRC here to deliver a message to her brother.  

Earlier reports 

Malaysian student found in Umm QasarICRC in contact with student in Baghdad

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