Mustafa Yılmaz, a Turkish man who was allegedly abducted by unidentified people in April, was “found” at a police station in Karapürçek, a town near the Sakarya province, his wife tweeted on Tuesday.
According to the, Mr. Yılmaz was transfered to the Ankara Police Department’s Bureau of Organized Crimes after he was found and currently being held in custody.
In early April, mysterious disappearances involving already-victimized opposition groups have become a common occurrence in Turkey in the aftermath of a July 15 coup attempt, with at least 11 cases of alleged abduction reported so far.
Those not seen for quite some time all have in common in their personal histories that they have lost their jobs amid a sweeping crackdown that the Turkish government has conducted against its critics, particularly members of the Gülen movement.
In the parliamentary question meant for Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım on April 25, Republican People’s Party (CHP) İstanbul deputy Sezgin Tanrıkulu said one person was abducted before a failed coup attempt on July 15 in Ankara, while six others were abducted in the same province in the aftermath of the putsch in a similar manner. The CHP deputy said all the abducted individuals had been purged from their posts through government decrees due to their alleged links to the Gülen movement.