Önder Asan - Since April 1, 2017

A 41-year-old philosophy teacher, Önder Asan, mysteriously disappeared in Ankara’s Şentepe neighborhood on April 1, according to his wife Fatma Asan.

The Aktif Haber online news website said Önder used to work as a philosophy teacher at a secondary school that the government shut down over its links to the movement after July 15.

Fatma later said she found her husband’s car parked near Şentepe with its tires slashed. Fatma also said police and the prosecutor in charge are so reluctant to investigate the case that not even a single CCTV camera in Şentepe was examined for possible recordings of her husband.

Cengiz Usta - Since April 4, 2017

Cengiz Usta, a 44-year-old teacher in Izmir province who was dismissed from his job by a state of emergency decree, has been missing since April 4, joining two below-mentioned education professionals who are claimed to have been abducted the same week.

Usta was a teacher at Cumhuriyet Primary School in Izmir’s Torbali district until he was dismissed by government decree on Sept. 1, 2016. “My brother left his daughter at home and went out to pay the elevator maintenance fee. He has not come back home yet. A witness claims that my brother was forced into a car by two men on Abdulkadir Street. This was recorded in police records as well,” the teacher’s elder brother, Selim Usta, told local media.

Turgut Çapan - Since March 31, 2016

Turgut Çapan, a former employee of Turgut Özal University, which was shut down by the government over its ties to the Gülen movement, was abducted on March 31, according to his wife Ülkü Çapan, who runs a popular Twitter account to speak up.
Ülkü also released a video clip in which she explained the story in detail. She said a friend of her husband dropped by her home on April 1 to say that Turgut had been abducted.

Turgut was the head of the Culture, Sport and Art Affairs Department at the university until it was shut down by the government, according to Mahmut Özpınar, a former academic at the now-closed Turgut Özal University.

Mesut Geçer - Since March 26, 2017

Mesut Geçer worked at the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) until he was dismissed as part of the government’s post-coup crackdown.

His car was stopped and he was reportedly abducted in the Çakırlar quarter in Ankara’s Yenimahalle district, in late March of this year.
According to Aktif Haber, his family members have been having difficulty even in submitting petitions to ask about Geçer’s whereabouts as offıcials often refuse to cooperate with them.

Hüseyin Kötüce - February 28, 2017

Hüseyin Kötüce, a BTİK employee, was reportedly abducted at the parking lot of the Batıkent subway station in Ankara after he got off work in February of this year. Family members found his coat and a cake he had bought in Kötüce’s car, parked in the parking lot. Despite successive requests, family members have so far failed to get police to carry out a fingerprint examination on the car, while no CCTV footage was released.

Mustafa Özgür Gültekin - Since December 21, 2016

Mustafa Özgür Gültekin, a Competition Authority employee, was followed by at least four cars to a convenience store in Ankara’s Beştepe neighborhood at 18:15 on Dec. 21, 2016.

Immediately after Gültekin left the store, he was surrounded by a group of men who later forced him into a Volkswagen Transporter van with tinted windows. Family members have so far managed to obtain nearby CCTV footage in which Gültekin was seen while being forced into the car.

Ayhan Oran - Since November 1, 2016

Having started work at MIT in 2005, Oran was dismissed over his alleged ties to the movement on Aug. 2 of last year.
He was last seen leaving the compound he was living in at 12:38 on Nov. 1 of last year. The signal on his cell was active only before 16:00 the same day. While he had no money in his pocket, he did not even bid farewell to his wife before he went out, Sözcü columnist Saygı Öztürk said.

Oran worked in Turkey’s Şırnak and Diyarbakır provinces as well as in Greece.

Yaşar Okumuş - Since June 16, 2017.

Murat Okumus, a 40-year-old accountant was reportedly abducted on June 16 in İzmir province.

“MY SON WAS ABDUCTED! I have failed to get a satisfactory answer from the institutions I talked the issue with. I want to make my voice heard and address to the authorities, here,” a Twitter account claiming to belong to his father said on June 22.

Okumus was the operations manager at Izmir-based Sifa University Hospital, shuttered over its links to Turkey’s Gülen group, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.

Forced Disappearances of Turkey’s Purge

Cengiz Usta

Cengiz Usta

Missing since April 4, 2017

Cengiz Usta, a 44-year-old teacher in Izmir province who was dismissed from his job by a state of emergency decree, has been missing since April 4, joining two below-mentioned education professionals who are claimed to have been abducted the same week.
Usta was a teacher at Cumhuriyet Primary School in Izmir’s Torbali district until he was dismissed by government decree on Sept. 1, 2016.
“A witness claims that my brother was forced into a car by two men on Abdulkadir Street. This was recorded in police records as well,” the teacher’s elder brother, Selim Usta, told local media.

 

Önder Asan

Önder Asan

Abducted on April 1, 2017, handed over to police on May 12, 2017

A 41-year-old philosophy teacher, Önder Asan, mysteriously disappeared in Ankara’s Şentepe neighborhood on April 1, according to his wife Fatma Asan. The Aktif Haber online news website said Önder used to work as a philosophy teacher at a secondary school that the government shut down over its links to the movement after July 15. Fatma later said she found her husband’s car parked near Şentepe with its tires slashed. Fatma also said police and the prosecutor in charge are so reluctant to investigate the case that not even a single CCTV camera in Şentepe was examined for possible recordings of her husband.

Turgut Çapan

Turgut Çapan

Missing since March 31, 2017

Turgut Çapan, a former employee of Turgut Özal University, which was shut down by the government over its ties to the Gülen movement, was abducted on March 31, according to his wife Ülkü Çapan, who runs a popular Twitter account to speak up.
Ülkü also released a video clip in which she explained the story in detail. She said a friend of her husband dropped by her home on April 1 to say that Turgut had been abducted.
Turgut was the head of the Culture, Sport and Art Affairs Department at the university until it was shut down by the government, according to Mahmut Özpınar, a former academic at the now-closed Turgut Özal University.

Fatih Kılıç

Fatih Kılıç

Missing since March 31, 2017

Fatih Kılıç, a teacher who was dismissed from his job under post-coup emergency rule, has been missing for days, joining the ranks of seven others who disappeared under suspicious circumstances in the aftermath of a July 15, 2016 coup attempt. Their families, both living in Ankara, separately announced on social media that they hadn’t recently heard from Kilic or Özben. “My husband is a victim of a post-coup government decree. I was with my husband on May 14. We had a lovely Sunday. Then, he took us to ASTI [Ankara bus terminal] in the evening. He left us, waving goodbye at around 22.50. It has been days since we heard from him,” Fatih’s wife Nihal Kılıç wrote in a series of tweets.

Mustafa Özben

Mustafa Özben

Missing since May 9, 2017

Mustafa Özben, a Turkish lawyer, legal expert and an educator, mysteriously disappeared in Ankara on May 9, according to his wife Emine Özben. She sought help in a video of herself, her 5-month-old baby and her mother, posted by a Twitter account under the name of the Özben Family. “I am a housewife. My husband is a registered lawyer. He has not been home since he took our daughter to school on Tuesday, May 9. The following day I went to the police, gendarmerie and many other places, but I came away with nothing. Please help us in the name of humanity,” Emine said.

 

Mustafa Özgür Gültekin

Mustafa Özgür Gültekin

Missing since December 21, 2016

Mustafa Özgür Gültekin, a Competition Authority employee, was followed by at least four cars to a convenience store in Ankara’s Beştepe neighborhood at 18:15 on Dec. 21, 2016.

Immediately after Gültekin left the store, he was surrounded by a group of men who later forced him into a Volkswagen Transporter van with tinted windows.

Family members have so far managed to obtain nearby CCTV footage in which Gültekin was seen while being forced into the car.

Murat Okumuş

Murat Okumuş

Missing since June 16, 2017.

Murat Okumus, a 40-year-old accountant was reportedly abducted on June 16 in İzmir province.

“MY SON WAS ABDUCTED! I have failed to get a satisfactory answer from the institutions I talked the issue with. I want to make my voice heard and address to the authorities, here,” a Twitter account claiming to belong to his father said on June 22.

Okumus was the operations manager at Izmir-based Sifa University Hospital, shuttered over its links to Turkey’s Gülen group, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.

Mesut Geçer

Mesut Geçer

Missing since late March 26, 2017

Mesut Geçer worked at the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) until he was dismissed as part of the government’s post-coup crackdown.

His car was stopped and he was reportedly abducted in the Çakırlar quarter in Ankara’s Yenimahalle district, in late March of this year.

According to Aktif Haber, his family members have been having difficulty even in submitting petitions to ask about Geçer’s whereabouts as offıcials often refuse to cooperate with them.

Ayhan Oran

Ayhan Oran

Missing since November 1, 2016.

Having started work at MIT in 2005, Oran was dismissed over his alleged ties to the movement on August 2, 2016.

He was last seen leaving the compound he was living in at 12:38 on November 1, 2016. The signal on his cell was active only before 16:00 the same day. While he had no money in his pocket, he did not even bid farewell to his wife before he went out, Sözcü columnist Saygı Öztürk said.

Oran worked in Turkey’s Şırnak and Diyarbakır provinces as well as in Greece.

Hüseyin Kötüce

Hüseyin Kötüce

Missing since February 28, 2017

Hüseyin Kötüce, a BTİK  [Information and Communication Technologies Authority] employee, was reportedly abducted at the parking lot of the Batıkent subway station in Ankara after he got off work in February of this year.

Family members found his coat and a cake he had bought in Kötüce’s car, parked in the parking lot. Despite successive requests, family members have so far failed to get police to carry out a fingerprint examination on the car, while no CCTV footage was released.

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