President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Orhan İnandı, a Kyrgyz citizen of Turkish origin has been flown to Turkey thirty-three days after he was abducted by the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) in Bishkek due to his alleged links to the Gülen group.

Speaking after a cabinet meeting on Monday, Erdoğan said, “Through a genuine and patient work, MİT has managed to bring another FETÖ member who was in charge of Central Asia, Orhan İnandı, back to Turkey.”

FETÖ is a derogatory acronym used by the Turkish government to describe the Gülen group.

İnandı, the founder and president of the Turkish-Kyrgyz Sapat school network operating in Kyrgyzstan, is seen handcuffed in front of two Turkish flags in a photo released by the state-led Anadolu news agency.

İnandı went missing in Bishkek early in June 2021. Hours after the initial reports of disappearance, he was reported to be in custody in the Turkish Embassy in Bishkek. His Toyota Lexus was found parked several blocs away from his house with its doors were open and tires were flat.

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.

İnandı’s wife continues ‘justice watch’ in Bishkek

Despite the reports of Orhan Inandı’s rendition by the Turkish intelligence from Kyrgyzstan, his wife, Reyhan İnandı, continues her solitary protest in front of the presidential office building in Bishkek in an attempt to urge authorities to exert greater efforts to save her husband.

Speaking to the media, Reyhan İnandı said she will stand for one hour every day holding a placard asking where her husband is.