Helton Silva Malambane, a software developer from Mozambique who previously worked with gov’t-closed Fatih University, was detained by Turkish police at his residence in İstanbul’s Küçükçekmece district over links with the Gülen movement which the government accuses its of masterminding the failed coup attempt on July 15.
Twenty-seven-year-old Malambane was detained as part of an operation after police received tips against him. Police accuse Malambane of developing software for Gülen movement, pro-government Sabah daily said.
According to the story in Sabah, it was found out by police that Malambane studied in a Gülen linked highschool in Mozambique and then studied in Fatih University, which was recently shut down by a government decree over links to Gülen movement. He started to work as a software developer in the university after his graduation.
Sabah also reported that Malambane had attended to International Turkish Language Olympiads which was organized by schools that was established by sympathizers of the Gülen across more than 170 countries of the world.
The Olympiads were highly popular in Turkey and the world as it was attended by almost all members of ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), including President Tayyip Erdoğan, until December 2014 when AK Party and Erdoğan accused the movement of plotting a wide-scale graft probe that revealed implication of AK Party members and Erdoğan’s family in corruption.
Recently in October, Turkish authorities have deported five Yemeni students at universities that were shut down over links to US-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, who inspired the Gülen movement.
On Oct 1, more than 50 Nigerian students, mainly from Fatih University, were detained by Turkish police at İstanbul Atatürk Airport for allegedly being students of a “terrorist organization.”
This article originally appeared in Turkish Minute on October 21.