Six people who used to work at Gulen-linked schools are still being held in Kosovo, according to sources.
Brussels-based Vocal Europe reported that the group was at Pristina airport on Friday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Freedom House’s Nate Schenkkan tweeted: *Claim* I’m hearing is Kosovo detainees are being taken to airport right now for their actual transfer to Turkey. Kosovo authorities should prevent them from being taken from Kosovo territory.”
Earlier the same day, the wife of Kahraman Demirez, one of the six abductees said the group is still kept at Turkish embassy, calling on people for support.
“We are now sure that our husbands are being kept at Turkish embassy. We are waiting here. The number of police officers is rising. Our vigil will continue unless we hear from them. We are waiting you to support us,” a Twitter account with the username, @o_gulyigit tweeted Friday afternoon.
Kosovo police early on Thursday arrested 6 Gülenists who used to work at a group of schools affiliated with the Gülen group, which is accused by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of masterminding a failed coup attempt in 2016.
Turkey’s security sources earlier told the state-run Anadolu Agency that the suspects, named as Cihan Özkan, Kahraman Demirez, Hasan Hüseyin Günakan, Mustafa Erdem, Osman Karakaya and Yusuf Karabina, were brought to Turkey via a private aircraft by the National Intelligence Organization (MİT).
Both Kosovo PM and President said they were not informed about the operation expressing regret over the incident Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan praised the operation saying: “Wherever they are, we will package them up and bring them [to Turkey], God willing.”
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 60,000 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.