Uygur man, detained in Turkey for suspected terror links

February 5, 2019 | Brainwave Science


Twenty members of a Turkish special police unit detained Kerem Mamut and took him to a nearby police station to question him. Kerem Mamut lives in Turkey with his wife Wang Yi and their children. The couple is from China’s Xinjiang province, and have lived in Turkey for a decade.

Mamut, a Chinese Uygur who held a Turkey residence permit, was suspected of communicating by phone with two people who had links to a terrorist organization.

Mamut was held at two deportation centres in Turkey. The 53-year-old Chinese passport holder, who owns restaurants in Turkey and China, was held for two months at the first deportation center.

Kerem Mamut says that “These accusations of terrorism are so remote from who I am.” The restaurant called Kroren, in Istanbul’s conservative Fatih district is well-known to both Uygur and Chinese people, including employees of China’s consulate in the city.

Mamut’s lawyer, Lokman Akcay, called the case a “massive mystery” and has yet to be shown concrete evidence that proves his client’s alleged links to a terrorist organization.

China’s crackdown on its Uygur Muslim minority in Xinjiang province has forced many to flee to countries such as Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, and Turkey.


Mamut may have been a target of China ’s effort to repatriate some ethnic Uygur Muslims living abroad. According to some estimates, up to 5,000 Uygurs went to fight with militant groups in Syria, and Beijing feared some could return to carry out attacks in China.

China and Turkey face a massive challenge where they must identify persons who are positively involved with terrorism and to get them back to China, where they can be prosecuted. Of the many Ugyurs who left the country, some made their way to fight as extremists in Syria, after making Turkey their transit point. China has insisted that Turkey and other countries like Pakistan and Egypt sign security and counter-intelligence agreements in order to deal with extremist Uygur militants.

In 2017, Malaysia deported 29 Uygurs suspected to be involved with Islamic militants. Although Turkey does not comply with such requests, it is in the best interest of all countries to identify and prosecute terrorists.

To identify a terrorist is an extremely difficult task. There must be a solid method to discern any law-abiding citizen from a person who has carried out terrorist acts. Moreover, even if a person is law abiding and civil in a new country, he or she might have received terrorist training in another country, might be a member of a sleeper cell, might have received terrorist training/bomb-making training over the internet or through encrypted communication.

Investigative disciplines deserve a solution which can help to screen such persons with reliable accuracy.


In order to detect the presence of terrorist knowledge in the minds of seemingly innocent persons, there is a need for a non-invasive and a quick method. A Boston based company named Brainwave Science has it in its mission to eliminate human torture and suffering from the process of interrogation. This extraordinary technology called iCognative can help to identify if a person has the remotest connection to a terrorist organization, any terrorism training, has been radicalized, possesses bomb-making training, etc.

It helps to screen suspects in a time-bound, cost-effective and manageable manner. This novel technology is universally applicable and is of help to agencies which deal with national security, immigration, llaw enforcement counter-terrorism, border security, human trafficking and drug trafficking.

iCognative tests do not have any known counter-measures. Moreover, there are no false positives and no false negatives in the results. The result of the test is irrespective of the test administrator. It does not depend on the subjective opinion of the test administrator. It only depends on what the brain responses of the test subjects say.

When specific crime-related information is shown to a test subject, then their brain responses are picked up by specialized headsets which they wear. If they are familiar with the information which they see, then their brain will react in a certain way. Otherwise, it will react differently. The headset transmits the measured information to the computer running iCognative software. Here, once the test, which usually lasts 45 minutes, is concluded, the results are displayed immediately in the form of either ‘information present’ or ‘information absent’.

The information shown in a iCognative test is in the form of pictures or images, words and phrases(called stimuli) which are related to the crime under investigation. If a suspect has been involved in planning and/or execution of a crime, then specific crime-related details are in his or her mind.

In this case, the investigating agencies can save cost, time and effort by quickly running a iCognative test to screen and to detect if Mamut has any terrorist connections or not. For this purpose, the stimuli could be details  from phone records of communication with two persons who had links to a terrorist organisation, their names, their pictures, their whereabouts, their affiliations with known terrorist organisations, the insignia of these organizations, their operations/attacks committed in Turkey/China, which Mamut may have cognizance of, etc.

A iCognative test is highly accurate(99.9%) in its results. iCognative gives the law enforcement agencies the confidence to help exonerate the innocent and to help get the guilty punished.

Investigative agencies have all the reasons to rejoice since the iCognative test is highly applicable, in fact, it can be applied to 85-90% of all civil and criminal cases. The agencies will appreciate the fact that iCognative is portable, easy to deploy, easy to teach, easy to learn, highly customizable, both in terms of language and functionality.

Turkish and Chinese agencies must try out iCognative as a tool which non-invasively gathers intelligence about whether specific crime-related information is present in the brain of test subjects or not.

Main Source: SCMP