Gökhan Türken, a Turkish citizen, has been missing for a total of nineteen days, according to the rights activist and opposition deputy Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu.
“Another missing person. No one has heard from Gökhan Türkmen since he went missing 19 days ago. He went missing in Kepez, [Antalya]. His wife appealed to my help. Antalya Governor’s office needs to make a statement asap,” Gergerlioglu tweeted.
More than 20 people reportedly abducted in Turkey since 2016 failed coup
Mysterious disappearances involving already-victimized opposition groups have become a common occurrence in Turkey in the aftermath of a July 15 coup attempt.
At least 20 people have been abducted so far. Those not seen for quite some time mostly 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.
Turkish government accuses the movement of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt while the latter denies. More than 150,000 people have lost their jobs, some 220,000 have been detained and 90,000 of them were remanded in prison pending trial over Gulen ties so far.
Journalist Cem Küçük, a staunch supporter of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, suggested during a live TV program on Monday that Turkish intelligence should kill family members of jailed Gülenists in order to turn the inmates into operatives for the Erdoğan regime.
Speaking during a live TV show along with his program partner journalist Fuat Uğur, Küçük said Israeli intelligence agency MOSSAD had killed family members of Palestinian, Jordanian and Egyptian inmates to make them MOSSAD operatives.