Richmond Park Schools principal Fatih Keskin, a Turkish citizen residing in Bosnia for the past 20 years was arrested on Tuesday and after speaking to the police of the Una-Sana Canton in northern Bosnia he was taken to an unknown location for no apparent reason, the school management said Wednesday.
The School claims Keskin was not allowed to contact his attorney, and the next time he contacted his family he said he was in the migrant detention centre in Lukavica, near Sarajevo.
“We implore all the authorities to protest the rule of law, to protect our legal and legitimate institutions and their employees and above all our students and their parents. The members of our collective are horrified and we don't know ow o explain to our children what happened yesterday when a person who's been representing our school in Bihac honourably, was taken to the Lukavac centre in a matter of hours.
This is an unprecedented case for any school,” Richmond Park College vice principle Nermin Efendic wrote in a statement.
“We consider such a treatment by the Una-Sana Canton's Interior Ministry and the Bihac Field Office of the Foreigners Affairs Service who have ignored our requests to explain to us what was going on, to be unacceptable and a humiliation for our students, their parents, our collective and of course the family of our professor and principal Fatih Keskin," Efendic said, adding that they expect protection from competent state representatives.
The Una-Sana Canton Police did not have a statement regarding this case, but Nedim Ademovic, the attorney who represented individuals whose extradition from Bosnia was requested by Turkish authorities, confirmed that Keskin was indeed arrested.
Ademovic noted Keskin has been living in Bosnia with his family for over 20 years.