Denmark’s intelligence agency Politiets Efterretningstjeneste (PET) has been providing protection to several followers of the Gulen movement since it received tips-off on the would-be murder of such individuals by a criminal gang affiliated with the Turkish government in Jan, 2017.
Swedish public broadcaster Sveriges Radio said in a report on Wednesday that “the PET acted on the information and put the would-be targets in safety.”
The broadcaster revealed in a later report that the group involved in the alleged murder plot is the Osmanen Germania.
At least three people with links to the Gulen group were apprehended and put in safe houses by the PET around January of the last year, the report said.
The report did not elaborate on where the three reside in Denmark.
The broadcaster said the article is based on extensive research , talks with many sources at different levels in society and in several countries.
“Most have chosen to be anonymous. But we know who they are and have been able to confirm their identity. However, we will not specify in detail what data came from which source because it could lead to the sources being identified. The work on this report started one and a half years ago when we first heard the rumors of an ordered assassination in Denmark for the first time. But it is only now that we have been able to confirm all relevant details and have decided to publish it.”
Turkish government holds the Gulen group responsible for the July 15, 2016 coup attempt while the latter denies involvement. More than 160,000 people have been detained over ties to the movement in Turkey so far while President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier called on foreign governments to punish Gulen followers in their own countries. Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Georgia and Myanmar handed over academics, businessmen and school principals upon the Turkish government’s request even though some of those victims already had refugee status with the United Nations.