Turkey’s Foreign Ministry has located 4,600 suspected followers of the Gulen movement in 110 countries as part of its post-coup manhunt, pro-government Daily Sabah newspaper said Friday.
Turkey monitors the activities of Gülenists in 160 countries, the daily said adding that the foreign ministry has so far located 4,600 suspected Gulen followers in 110 countries.
“Until now more than 80 coup plotters from 18 countries have been brought back in a global manhunt,” the article read.
Turkish president Erdoğan accuses the Gülen movement of masterminding a failed coup attempt in Turkey in 2016 while the latter denies involvement.
More than 150,000 people have been detained and 90,000 were remanded in prison over Gulen links in Turkey since the summer of 2016. Meanwhile, Erdogan called on foreign governments to punish Gulenists in their own countries.
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.
In some occasions, Turkish intelligence agency was reported to have abducted the suspected Gulenists overseas despite rulings by local courts turning down Turkey’s requests for deportation.