A Kosovo-based lawyer representing 6 Gulenists abducted partly by Turkish intelligence agency said that 3 of the abductees are still being held at Pristina airport.
Two others are being kept at the Turkish embassy in Kosovo, he added during an online interview with journalist Erkam Tufan Aytav.
Sources said earlier in the day that the group of 6 is still in Kosovo.
“We are now sure that our husbands are being kept at the Turkish embassy. We are waiting here. The number of police officers is rising. Our vigil will continue until we hear from them. We are waiting for you to support us,” a Twitter account with the username, @o_gulyigit tweeted Friday afternoon.
Early on Thursday, Kosovo police arrested 6 Gülenists who used to work at a group of schools affiliated with the Gülen movement, which is accused by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of masterminding a failed coup attempt in 2016.
Turkey’s security sources earlier told the state-run Anadolu Agency that the suspects, named as 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 (MİT).
Both Kosovo PM and President said they were not informed about the operation expressing regret over the incident. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan praised the operation saying: “Wherever they are, we will package them up and bring them [to Turkey], God willing.”
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.