Pro-government journalist Ahmet Kekec said Thursday that Turkey’s intelligence agency (MIT) should abduct Can Dundar, a critical journalist who has been in exile in Germany for some time now.
In his column on Star daily, Kekec called Dundar traitor and defied the possibility of his attendance in a press conference by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Angela Merkel.
“What does it imply if a fugitive with an outstanding Interpol warrant is allowed to the press conference?,” he asked.
“The best treatment is no-brainer: Chucking him out of that press room and referring him to MIT’s ‘wrapping service’ (if possible),” he said.
Dündar had been arrested in Turkey and jailed for 92 days along with colleague Erdem Gül for publishing a story on Turkish intelligence trucks carrying hidden weapons bound for Syria in early 2014. They were arrested on Nov. 26, 2015 and released on Feb. 26, 2016 pending trial following a Constitutional Court decision.
On Friday, a press conference was held by Erdogan and Merkel in Berlin without Dundar’s attendance. Meanwhile, another Turkish journalist was removed from the venue during the press conference.
‘Wrapping by MIT’ has become a common terminology among pro-Erdogan circles who endorse Turkish spies’ abduction operations against critics abroad.
In March, this year, Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT) abducted six Turkish nationals, one doctor and five educators, working for a group of schools affiliated with the Gülen movement in Kosovo and removed them to Turkey the same day. The abduction of the Turkish nationals sparked a political crisis in Kosovo and Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj dismissed the interior minister along with the secret service chief. Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch (HRW) lamented the operation saying that the abductees would face the risk of torture and abuse in Turkey.
Turkey’s Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın said during a press conference last week that the Turkish government will continue its global manhunt against the followers of the Gulen movement stating that the operation could take place in the US as well.
Journalists as well as some Kurdish politicians are also reportedly at MIT’s target.