A 28-year-old teacher who lost his job after the government closed down his private school as part of its post-coup purge, went missing in Turkey’s capital Ankara.
A Twitter account, claimed to be used by Ahmet Erturk’s wife, said the other day that her husband left home promising to be back on Nov 15 but that he has never returned.
“At around the same time my parents-in-law were detained at their place in [Ankara’s] Beypazari. I fear for my husband’s life,” the wife tweeted.
Police raided and searched their own home as well, the woman said.
Erturk has been missing for 13 days and neither law enforcement nor the prosecutor in charge “have responded positively,” the mourning woman added.
Rights activist and opposition deputy Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu lent support to the woman’s cause and elaborated: “Since police searched their home he has never showed up, and his cell is off. His wife is worried that he might have been abducted.”
More than a dozen people reported abducted in Turkey since 2016 failed coup
Mysterious disappearances involving already-victimized opposition groups have become a common occurrence in Turkey in the aftermath of a July 15 coup attempt.
At least fifteen people have been abducted so far. Those not seen for quite some time mostly have in common in their personal histories that they have lost their jobs amid a sweeping crackdown that the Turkish government has conducted against its critics, particularly members of the Gülen movement.
Turkish government accuses the movement of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt while the latter denies. More than 150,000 people have lost their jobs, some 220,000 have been detained and 90,000 of them were remanded in prison pending trial over Gulen ties so far.
Journalist Cem Küçük, a staunch supporter of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, suggested during a live TV program on Monday that Turkish intelligence should kill family members of jailed Gülenists in order to turn the inmates into operatives for the Erdoğan regime.
Speaking during a live TV show along with his program partner journalist Fuat Uğur, Küçük said Israeli intelligence agency MOSSAD had killed family members of Palestinian, Jordanian and Egyptian inmates to make them MOSSAD operatives.