Mustafa Kenel, a Turkish businessman, was reportedly deported by Indonesian government to Turkey on December 16, 2017 over his alleged links to the Gülen movement, according to a report by online news outlet TR724.
Kenel was detained together with 4 other Turkish citizens by the Indonesian authorities after a list of 10 people were given to the Indonesian government by Turkish government under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s rule. While four of the detainees were later released, Kenel was deported to Turkey, TR724 said. It was also reported that Kenel has testified in İstanbul’s Bakırköy Courthouse.
Turkish government holds the Gulen movement responsible for the July 15, 2016 coup attempt while the latter denies involvement. More than 126,000 people have been detained over ties to the movement in Turkey so far while President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier called on foreign governments to punish Gulen followers in their own countries. Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Georgia and Myanmar handed over academics, businessmen and school principals upon the Turkish government’s request even though some of those victims already had refugee status with the UN like Kacmaz family.