Malaysian film producer detained in UK over suspected terrorism

Malaysian film producer detained in UK over suspected terrorism

KUALA LUMPUR - A Malaysian freelance TV producer and six crew members were detained on suspicion of being terrorists after they arrived in the United Kingdom.

Farihin Abdul Fatah told Astro Awani that they were placed in prison near Manchester for 48 hours, as suspected terrorists.

"We had just arrived in Holyhead, Wales from Ireland at approximately 12.20am and just as we were queuing to complete the immigration cards, we were captured by 20 policemen with police dogs," said Farihin over Astro Awani's 7.45pm bulletin.

The crew members were instructed to unload their luggage to be inspected by the police before they were each given some forms to fill.

"After four hours of waiting, a police officer came, passed us uniforms to wear and said that we were arrested as suspected terrorists.

"It was dodgy and the arrest has left us puzzled," said Farihin, adding that the arrests were due to the crew's caravan allegedly containing a type of chemical believed to explosives.

Farihin and the rest of the crew members were charged under the Anti-Terrorism Act 2000.

In prison, said Farihin the crew members were treated fairly. Meals were provided and they were also given copies of the Al-Quran along with prayer mats to perform their prayers.

Farihin is the face behind the success of Malaysia's popular nasyid group Raihan.

He said the crew members were deprived of using their mobile phones to contact their family members.

"The other of my crew members are British and their families were terrorised after they failed to contact us," said Farihin, adding that he was not granted access to contact his family members or the Malaysian embassy in the UK.

Farihin said he managed to send two messages to his wife and some close friends to inform them about their capture before they were hauled to prison.

He added that they were represented by duty solicitors to assist them in investigations during their capture.

Farihin is expected to arrive home early October.

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