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Accused of obstructing authorities, Turkish academic thrown in jail, denied bail

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The huffingtonpost Columnist Aydoğan Vatandaş wrote an article on the director of Turkish university, Ismet Ozcelik who detained in Malaysia.

Three months ago, the Turkish Intelligence officers abducted three Turkish citizens in Malaysia due to their links to the Gülen movement and brought them back to Turkey. Even though Malaysian authorities denied to comment on the issue, it is obvious that the sovereignty of the powerful Asian country was violated.

IT IS KNOWN THAT THE TURKISH AUTHORITIES ARE REPORTED TO HAVE ASKED MALAYSIAN AUTHORITIES

It is known that the Turkish authorities are reported to have asked Malaysian authorities to close down Gülen-linked schools and to take legal action against sympathizers of the Gülen movement in the past. The reason for these unlawful demands from the Turkish Government dates back to the corruption probe on December 17, 2013 which resulted in the resignation of four ministers in Erdogan’s government at the time. Erdogan accused the prosecutors of being members of the Gulen movement.

THE MALAY MEDIA HAS REPORTED SOME RECENT INCIDENTS TARGETING…

The Malay media has reported some recent incidents targeting the Turkish citizens in Malaysia. TheMalaymailonline.com reported that a visiting director of a Turkish university, Mr. Ismet Ozcelik, has been stuck in the Sungai Buloh Prison for the past 25 days for allegedly obstructing civil servants from carrying out their duty.

On December 13, four ununiformed civilians raided the house of Mr. Ozcelik. They later on stated that they were Immigration officers. They told him that the Turkish Embassy had canceled his passports and requested his extradition. During the confrontation, however, the police also intervened and Mr. Ozcelik was arrested for allegedly obstructing civil servants from carrying out their duty.

Mr. Ozcelik’s son, Suat Ozcelik a former Zaman reporter told me that he is concerned about his father’s health conditions.

‘The immigration office canceled my father’s visa right after the incident upon the request of the Turkish authorities. It’s not clear on what grounds it has been carried out. While other suspects were released after the bailout, my father remained in the jail since he didn’t have a visa anymore. He is diabetic and has a serious health problem. I have learned that he is not being given his medications.’ He said.

‘My father was the vice chair of a well-known and respected University in Turkey. He was fired after a trustee was appointed to the University. While he was trying to start a new life in Malaysia, Turkish authorities ruined his life here by forcing the Malaysian authorities to take this unlawful conduct. He doesn’t know the Malay language and he was not given a translator during the prosecution. His right of defending himself is being seized by the authorities. I kindly request the Malay authorities to release my father and the human rights organizations to focus on the issue.’ He added.

Ismet Ozcelik’s lawyers are now seeking the renewal of his social visit pass in order to secure his release from prison for an offence that he has yet to undergo trial or be convicted for.

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