Orhan İnandı, a Turkish citizen who is feared to have been abducted by Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) due to his alleged links to the Gülen group, has been held in a building housing the Turkish Embassy in Bishkek, İnandı’s wife claimed.
“My husband, Orhan İnandı who has worked for the good of Kyrgyz children for 26 year, was abducted 7 days ago. According to the information I managed to gather, he has been held at the Turkish embassy in Bishkek.” Reyhan İnandı said in a tweet on Monday,
KidnappedIn TurkishEmbassy pic.twitter.com/SbdW6mDL9N
— Reyhan İnandı (@Reyhaninandi) June 7, 2021
According to several Kyrgyz media outlets, Orhan İnandı, the founder and president of the Turkish-Kyrgyz Sapat school network operating in Kyrgyzstan, went missing in Bishkek on Monday. Hours after the initial reports, İnandı was reported to be in custody in The Turkish Embassy in Bishkek. İnandı’s Toyota Lexus was found parked several blocs away from his house with its doors were open and tires were flat.
Speaking to the media, İnandı’s wife, Reyhan said on Tuesday that her husband’s jacket and phones were in the car. “We don’t have any eyewitnesses at the moment, but I believe he was abducted to be taken to Turkey. I am extremely concerned for his safety.”
Since 2016, tens of Turkish nationals were abducted and rendered to Turkey by the Turkish intelligence over alleged links to the Gülen group, which Ankara accuses of orchestrating a failed coup in 2016. The group strongly denies any connection with the abortive putsch.
Late on Tuesday, Kyrgyz security forces and a heavy police contingent surrounded the Turkish consulate in Bishkek, implementing strict controls at both entry and exit in order to prevent İnandı’s forced transferred to the Manas International Airport.
People close to the family said there was a private jet waiting at Manas International Airport in Bishkek that was not listed on scheduled flights, raising suspicions that the jet could be used to return the teacher to Turkey where he will possibly face prosecution.
Kyrgyz MP Samat İsmailov: We need to step in and protect our citizen
Samat İsmailov, member of the Kyrgyz parliament, has called on the government to step in to rescue Orhan İnandı from the custody of the Turkish authorities.
“If Orhan İnandı is flown to Turkey, Kyrgyzstan’s reputation will be harmed. We need to step in and protect our citizen, İsmailov said, according to the Bold news portal.
İnandı holds a Kyrgyz citizenship.
Kırgızistan Milletvekili İsmailov: Hızlı hareket edip vatandaşımızı korumalıyız https://t.co/MKe66b4BiV
— BOLD (@BOLDmedya) June 7, 2021