An online petition has been launched by Amnesty International to call on Kyrgyz authorities to prevent the illegal deportation of a Turkish citizen abducted by Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) as part of Erdogan government’s intense crackdown on opposition figures affiliated with the Gulen group around the world.
The Amnesty petition said the victim, named Orhan İnandı, left his house around 8 pm on Monday for a meeting at a nearby café. He was last contacted by a friend at 9 o’clock. “All his attempts to contact him failed. İnandi’s Toyota Lexus was found parked in an area about eight kilometers from his house at 3 o’clock on Tuesday. The car doors were open and its tires were flat. His family immediately notified the Kyrgyz police of the disappearance and demanded an urgent investigation into his whereabouts. His jacket and two phones were in the car.”
The also noted that İnanlı’s family members said there was a private jet waiting at Mana International Airport in Bishkek that was not listed on scheduled flights, raising suspicions that the jet could be used to return the teacher to Turkey where he may be prosecuted.
Orhan İnandı is the founder and president of the Turkish-Kyrgyz Sapat school network operating in Kyrgyzstan. Speaking to the media, İnandı’s wife, Reyhan said on Tuesday that her husband’s jacket and phones were in the car. “We don’t have any eyewitnesses at the moment, but I believe he was abducted to be taken to Turkey. I am extremely concerned for his safety.”
Since 2016, tens of Turkish nationals were abducted and rendered to Turkey by the Turkish intelligence over alleged links to the Gülen group, which Ankara accuses of orchestrating a failed coup in 2016. The group strongly denies any connection with the abortive putsch.
Late on Tuesday, Kyrgyz security forces and a heavy police contingent surrounded the Turkish consulate in Bishkek, implementing strict controls at both entry and exit in order to prevent İnandı’s forced transferred to the Manas International Airport.