Arrival of paramedic crews at Turkey’s Bishkek embassy early on Sunday morning has raised concerns regarding the well-being of Orhan İnandı, a Turkish citizen who is feared to have been abducted by Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) due to his alleged links to the Gülen group.
İnandı’s wife told the Kyrgyz media that she is extremely concerned about her husbands health, arguing that he might be facing mistreatment and torture in building housing the Turkish embassy. At time of writing, İnandı’s whereabouts and health condition are still unknown.
Bişkek'teki Türk elçiliği binasına bu sabah bir sağlık görevlisi girdi.
İnandı ailesinin avukatı Taalaygul Toktakunova'nın yaptığı açıklamaya göre Orhan İnandı'nın sağlığı iyi olmayabilir. @adalet_bakanlik @tcbiskekbe#OrhanInandiAtTurkishEmbassyhttps://t.co/aXCVUemN6q pic.twitter.com/xQrGzdLhTQ
— Sevinç Özarslan (@sevincozarslan) June 6, 2021
According to several Kyrgyz media outlets, Orhan İnandı, the founder and president of the Turkish-Kyrgyz Sapat school network operating in Kyrgyzstan, went missing in Bishkek on Monday. Hours after the initial reports, İnandı was reported to be in custody in The Turkish Embassy in Bishkek. İnandı’s Toyota Lexus was found parked several blocs away from his house with its doors were open and tires were flat.
Speaking to the media, İnandı’s wife, Reyhan said on Tuesday that her husband’s jacket and phones were in the car. “We don’t have any eyewitnesses at the moment, but I believe he was abducted to be taken to Turkey. I am extremely concerned for his safety.”
Since 2016, tens of Turkish nationals were abducted and rendered to Turkey by the Turkish intelligence over alleged links to the Gülen group, which Ankara accuses of orchestrating a failed coup in 2016. The group strongly denies any connection with the abortive putsch.
Late on Tuesday, Kyrgyz security forces and a heavy police contingent surrounded the Turkish consulate in Bishkek, implementing strict controls at both entry and exit in order to prevent İnandı’s forced transferred to the Manas International Airport.
People close to the family said there was a private jet waiting at Manas International Airport in Bishkek that was not listed on scheduled flights, raising suspicions that the jet could be used to return the teacher to Turkey where he will possibly face prosecution.
İnandı is subjected to mental and physical torture at Turkish Embassy for days, wife says
Reyhan İnandı, the wife of the abducted Turkish man took to Twitter on Sunday to share her concerns regarding the husband’s whereabout. She alleged that İnandı was being held in the Turkish embassy, and was forced to sign documents to renounce his Kyrgyz citizenship.
“He will then be taken back to Turkey, where he will face prosecution,” the wife said in a video she posted on Twitter.
My husband Orhan Inandi is currently being held in the Turkish Embassy in Bishkek and he is being forced to sign a paper renouncing his Kyrgyz citizenship. He will be taken to Turkey thereafter. @tcbiskekbe
— Reyhan İnandı (@Reyhaninandi) June 6, 2021
Belgian journalist says İnandı might end up as Jamal Khashoggi
Bahar Kimyongör, a Belgian political writer of Arabian extraction has tweeted that İnandı might end up as Jamal Khashoggi, who was assassinated at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October 2018 by agents of the Saudi government.
Posting a tweet regarding the İnandı’s abduction by the Turkish intelligence, Kimyongör called on the Kyrgyz authorities to “avoid a second “Jamal Khashoggi”
“A diplomatic institution transformed into a torture center? Orhan İnandı, director of Turkish schools, was kidnapped by Erdogan agents in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. He is being held at the Turkish Embassy in the Kyrgyz capital,” he tweeted.
Une institution diplomatique transformée en centre de torture?
Orhan İnandı, directeur d’écoles turques, a été enlevé par des agents d’Erdogan à Bichkek, capitale du Kirghizistan. Il est détenu à l’ambassade turque de la capitale kirghize.
Évitons un deuxième « Jamal Khashoggi »! pic.twitter.com/KjaVQWheS3
— Bahar K. (@Percligia) June 6, 2021