More than 100 people allegedly affiliated with Turkey’s Gülen group have been forcibly brought back from abroad so far, according to Deputy Foreign Minister Yavuz Selim Kiran.
“Over 20 FETO schools [abroad] were taken over . The latest of such incident was in Pakistan. We got some remarkable results in Afghanistan as well. So far, over 100 FETO terrorists were brought back to Turkey. Rest assured that, wherever they are in the world, we will keep chasing these terrorists and take them accountable before the courts for the crimes they committed against humanity while they were in the country,” Kiran told media over the weekend.
FETÖ [Fethullahist Terrorist Organization] is a buzzword, coined by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to refer the the Gülen group as.
Turkish government accuses the group of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt although the latter denies involvement. More than 150,000 people have been detained and some 90,000 were put in pretrial arrest while over 150,000 have lost their jobs amid the government’s post-coup crackdown against people deemed to have ties to the group.
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.
Meanwhile, forced disappearances by law enforcement have become common occurrence within the country, too. On Feb 13, 2019, Yasin Ugan and Ozgur Kaya, the people wanted for their links to the Gulen movement, were removed from their homes in Ankara’s Camlik neighborhood by a group of armed people, claimed to be undercover police officers. According to family records, the armed group put black sacks onto the pair’s heads and forced them into a white van before leaving the scene.