Journalist Cem Küçük, a staunch supporter of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said following operations in Pakistan and Indonesia, the Turkish intelligence agency would abduct followers of the Gülen movement in the US and Europe.
“People who are well known by the public will be grabbed by the nape of their neck and taken to Turkey. When they wake up whey will find themselves in the hands of the Turkish police and the court. Those days are not too far away,” wrote Küçük in his column published in the pro-government Turkiye daily.
“We will see the end of those who say, ‘I am safe in the US,’ ‘They cannot do anything to me.’ Europe, Asia, Africa… Wherever you flee, the Turkish state will bring you back. Many of your residences have been located. Your homes and workplaces are known. Even the countries where you demanded asylum will not protect you but will extradite you. It is soon. Wait,” added Küçük.
Küçük and journalist Fuat Uğur made a call in June for the assassination of followers of the faith-based Gülen movement who are abroad.
Addressing students being sent abroad on scholarships, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son-in-law and Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak said in August that he would strangle supporters of the Gülen movement wherever he sees them.
Claiming that Gülen movement members, who the Turkish government accuses of having mounted a botched coup attempt last summer, were working on defaming Turkey, Albayrak said: “You’ll probably see them in the countries you are visiting. By God, I could barely contain myself if I were you. I would strangle them wherever I see them.”
Turkish teacher Mesut Kaçmaz and his family, who were abducted from their home in Lahore at midnight on Sept. 27, were deported by the Pakistani government to Turkey on Oct. 14 just two days before they were expected to appear before a Pakistani court.
Rebecca Harms, a member of the European Parliament, on Oct. 15 criticized the Pakistan government for deporting Kaçmaz, despite court decisions and the protection of the United Nations.