Waheed Ahmed (second right) was studying a degree in politics and sociology at Manchester University
THE son of a Labour councillor, among nine people detained by Turkish authorities for allegedly trying to cross the Syrian border, is expected to return to the UK.
In footage released by Reuters on Sunday (12), Waheed Ahmed is seen leaving a police station in Hatay, near the Syrian border since April 1.
He is then filmed getting on a coach to Antalya from where it is believed he will fly to the UK.
The group were all members of the same family and included four children, among them a one-year-old, police have said.
His father Shakil Ahmed, a councillor for the Labour party on Rochdale Borough Council, said he was “shocked, worried and extremely upset” to hear his son had been arrested on the border.
“It’s a total mystery to me why he’s there, as I was under the impression he was on a work placement in Birmingham,” Ahmed said in a statement.
“My son is a good Muslim and his loyalties belong to Britain, so I don’t understand what he’s doing there.
“If I thought for a second that he was in danger of being radicalised, I would have reported him to the authorities,” he added.
Simon Danczuk, the MP for Rochdale in the last Parliament, has also confirmed after speaking to the Foreign Office that Ahmed is being deported back to Britain.
Police have said all nine would be sent back to the UK “in due course”.
Assistant Chief Constable Ian Wiggett has said that the primary concern was the “safety and welfare” of the children, and efforts were being made to ensure a “full safeguarding strategy” was in place upon their return.