A Turkish court ruled to put Isa Ozdemir, a suspected follower of the Gulen movement who was abducted in Azerbaijan by Turkish intelligence agency, has been put in pre-trial detention in Ankara.
Ozdemir, wanted on accusation of membership to the Gulen movement in Turkey, was abducted by Turkish spies in Baku and forced back to Turkey last week. The abduction took place when he was released from the detention center after a Baku court turned down Turkey’s request for Ozdemir’s deportation the same day.
State-run Anadolu news agency said evidence collected against Ozdemir include his money transactions at Bank Asya, the Islamic lender that was closed the by the government over Gulen links.
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 90,000 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.
According to Turkish government’s narrative, MIT conducts such operations by itself in some countries and brings the suspects back without involvement of any other foreign law enforcement.