Hassan al Kontar has been removed from the transit area of klia2

PUTRAJAYA: A Syrian who made the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) his home since March has been removed by police.

Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said Hassan al Kontar was picked up on Monday for being in a “forbidden area” of the airport.

He said flight passengers with boarding passes at the boarding area are supposed to get on their flight but Hassan had failed to do so.

“Instead, he chose to be in a forbidden zone.

“Therefore, the authorities had to take the necessary action,” he said.

Mustafar said the Immigration Department will wait for police to complete their investigations before deciding on the next course of action, including whether to deport Hassan.

“He does not want to return to Syria. He has claimed that he is afraid of becoming a soldier there.

“We don’t know what his real reason is but we need to have closure here,” he said at a press conference at the Immigration headquarters today.

It was reported that the 36-year old Syrian has been staying at the klia2 transit area since March.

He has posted videos of his life stuck in transit on social media.

His plight has since attracted the attention of human rights groups and the media.