Malaysian police have detained a Turkish teacher and his family working at a group of schools affiliated with the Gülen group, which is accused by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of masterminding a failed coup attempt in 2016.
According to an e-mail sent to Turkeypurge editors, Arif Komis, a Turkish teacher, and his famiyl members are currently held in a detention center at the Immigration Office near Putrajaya. They are believed to be detained upon a request by the Turkish government, and thus face deportation to Turkey
According to eyewitnesses, Mr. Komiş, his wife and 4 kids were detained in a house raid in Kuala Lumpur late on August 28, 2019. They are likely to be sent to Turkey for prosecution.
Mr. Komis, who is a chemistry teacher, was repeatedly denied passport by the Turkish Embassy and thus given protection by the UN. He and his family are in UN protection.
Over 100 Gulenists forcibly returned to Turkey so far: minister
More than 100 people were forcibly returned from abroad as part of the Turkish government’s post-coup crackdown against the Gulen movement, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.
Speaking to media on the second anniversary of the July 15, 2016 failed coup, Cavusoglu said the government rounded up over 100 such people abroad and brought them back to Turkey as part of investigations.
“We brought back several leading FETO members from abroad. It made it into the news on some occasions and didn’t on others. We didn’t speak about some of those in the media at the request of the countries they were brought from. We can say that we have brought back over 100 leading FETO members from several countries,” Cavusoglu said.
Pro-government Daily Sabah reported last week that Turkey’s Foreign Ministry has located 4,600 suspected followers of the Gulen movement in 110 countries so far.
Turkish president Erdoğan accuses the Gülen movement of masterminding a failed coup attempt in Turkey in 2016 and calls it FETO [short for the alleged Fethullahist Terrorist Organization] while the latter denies involvement in the coup and any terrorist activities.
More than 150,000 people have been detained and 90,000 were remanded in prison over Gulen links in Turkey since the summer of 2016. Meanwhile, Erdogan called on foreign governments to punish Gulenists in their own countries.
So far, a number of countries like Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Georgia and Myanmar handed over academics, businessmen and school principals upon the Turkish government’s request despite the fact that some of those victims already had refugee status with the United Nations.
On some occasions, Turkish intelligence agency was reported to have abducted the suspected Gulenists overseas despite rulings by local courts turning down Turkey’s requests for deportation.
— Turkey Purge (@TurkeyPurge) August 29, 2019
HRW’s deputy director of Asia division calls on Malaysian authorities not to deport Turkish family
Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia division, has called on Malay authorities not to deport the Turkish family to Turkey.
Posting a tweet regarding the incident, Robertson asked Malaysian authorities why they treat a simple school teacher “so shoddily.”
“Where’s #Malaysia civil society to protect this #Turkish person of concern to #UNHCR & family? Why is the @pakatanharapan_ govt violating #refugee rights in this way? Why’s a simple school teacher treated so shoddily, @chedetofficial @saifuddinabd? Don’t send him back to #Turkey!” Robertson tweeted.
Where's #Malaysia civil society to protect this #Turkish person of concern to #UNHCR & family? Why is the @pakatanharapan_ govt violating #refugee rights in this way? Why's a simple school teacher treated so shoddily, @chedetofficial @saifuddinabd? Don't send him back to #Turkey! pic.twitter.com/fahOphYElg
— Phil Robertson (@Reaproy) August 29, 2019