Turkey’s Interior Ministry has released a list of 99 people who are currently abroad and who will be stripped of citizenship if they do not return to the country within three months.
Published in the Official Gazette on Sept 10, the list implicates 99 people, among them are a 68-year-old man and many others in their twenties with the youngest being 23 years old.
The individuals on the list are wanted in connection to infringements of articles 302, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314 and 315 of the Turkish penal code and being accused of leading, being a member of, or aiding a terrorist organization as well as of attempting to destroy Constitutional order.
This came as the second such list as the ministry released another list of 130 people including Turkish-Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen and deputies from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in June.
The post-coup government decrees, issued on Jan. 6, 2017, enabled authorities to strip Turkish nationals living abroad of their citizenship if they do not come back in three months after they were summoned as part of an investigation or prosecution.
Justice Ministry, as is the case today, will issue a ‘return home’ call in the official gazette for the suspects abroad. If they don’t respond to the call within 3 months, their citizenship will be revoked by a cabinet decision.
Turkish government accuses Gülen and his movement of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt while they deny involvement.
The three-month period Gulen and the other 129 people were given in the first list to return to Turkey ended on Sept 5.
Turkey has already detained more than 120,000 and arrested some 55,000 people over ties to Gulen movement while thousands of passports were revoked earlier.