Ugur Toksoy, a Turkish national who is believed to be a member of Turkey’s Gülen group, has been granted asylum in Kosovo, after escaping an attempted abduction by the Turkish intelligence service in Kosovo.
Teksoy, a teacher at Gülen affiliated Hasan Nahi school in Prizren, is reportedly sought by Turkey over his link to the Gülen group, which is accused by the Turkish government of masterminding a coup attempt in July 2016.
Facing extradition by Kosovar government, Toksoy reportedly submitted an asylum request on November 3, 2017 and was given it on March 28, 2018, almost a week after six Turkish nationals were abducted by Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization in Kosovo and forcefully flown to Turkey on March 29.
According to Adelina Sfishta, Toksoy’s house was also raided by Turkish authorities, yet he managed to escape the attempted abduction as he was not home that day.
If he was caught, he would have been among the six Turkish nationals — Cihan Özkan, Kahraman Demirez, Hasan Hüseyin Günakan, Mustafa Erdem, Osman Karakaya and Yusuf Karabina — were brought to Turkey via a private aircraft by the National Intelligence Organization.
Turkish president Erdoğan accuses the Gülen movement of masterminding a failed coup attempt in Turkey in 2016 while the latter denies involvement.
More than 150,000 people have been detained and 60,000 were remanded in prison over Gulen links in Turkey since the summer of 2016. Meanwhile, Erdogan called on foreign governments to punish Gulenists in their own countries.
So far, a number of countries like Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Georgia and Myanmar handed over academics, businessmen and school principals upon the Turkish government’s request despite the fact that some of those victims already had refugee status with the United Nations.