A Turkish family was reportedly detained by Qatari authorities late on Monday and is still being held at Hamad International Airport in Doha for deportation to Turkey, according to a series of tweets family members posted on social media.
The family is believed to have links to Turkey’s Gülen group, which the Turkish government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15, 2016.
The group strongly denies any involvement. After the putsch, the government along with President Recep Tayyip
Erdoğan accused the group of carrying out the attempt and called on foreign governments to deport all Gülenists within their borders.
Only a few countries, among them Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Georgia, seem to have complied with the request thus far.
In one case Muhammet Furkan Sökmen, a Turkish teacher working for two schools established by Gulen movement followers in Myanmar, was forcibly returned to Turkey despite his please for help on social media.
He was detained at Istanbul Ataturk Airport and taken to a police station for interrogation three weeks ago.
Sökmen called for “help from the world” in a video recording he posted on social media minutes before he was handed over to Turkish authorities at Yangon International Airport by Myanmar police.
According to another video he earlier posted on social media, Sökmen, his wife Ayşe and daughter Sibel were detained by local immigration officials who told the family that the Turkish government had invalidated their passports.