On June 5, 2017, Turkey’s Interior Ministry released a list of 130 people who are currently abroad including Turkish-Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen and two deputies from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) who will be stripped of citizenship if they do not return to the country within three months.

The list was published in the Official Gazette which simply stated that they are wanted in connection to infringements of articles 302 and 309-315 of the Turkish penal code.

The individuals on the list are being accused of having links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Gülen group, which is described as a terrorist organization by the Turkish government.

Faysal Sarıyıldız and Tuğba Hezer are the two pro-Kurdish deputies who are on the list.

Here is the full list released by the Turkish Interior Ministry: http://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/ilanlar/eskiilanlar/2017/06/20170605-4.htm#Ç07

The website, www.jamesinturkey.com has analysed the names published by the Turkey’s Interior Ministry and identified approximately two-thirds of them.

According to the website: “Of these, a quarter are former academics based in Turkey or still working for institutions abroad. Another quarter are names already listed on the interior ministry’s listed of wanted terrorists. Nearly one-third of the names this website identified are prominent businessmen whose assets have already been seized or in the process of being taken away from them. Just 11% of the names we found were Kurdish, leading to the conclusion that this is mostly – but not entirely – an anti-Gülenist exercise.”

Last month, a high criminal court in the southern province of Adana applied to Turkey’s Justice Ministry demanding the revocation of the Turkish citizenship of Islamic scholar Gülen, who is accused by the Turkish government of instigating a failed military coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

The court asked for the removal of the citizenship of Gülen, who has been residing in the US since 1999, based on a government decree issued in January.

According to government decree No. 680, individuals who are facing administrative or judicial investigation or prosecution over charges of “crimes against the government,” “armed rebellion against the government,” “armed attack and assassination of the president” or “membership in an armed terror organization” will be summoned by prosecutors to testify. If they cannot be reached and are understood to be abroad, the public prosecutor will refer the case to the Justice Ministry within a month.