A Turkish defense and automotive firm signs a contract to provide armored vehicles to the Government of Kenya several days after the kidnapping of Fethullah Gülen’s nephew in Nairobi.
According to the gov’t-led news portal Ahaber, the company named Katmerciler will provide 118 armored vehicles to Kenya in the upcoming months.
Speaking to the news portal, Furkan Katmerci, the owner of the company, said that the name of the armored vehicle was “Hızır,” an immortal believed to come in time of need. “Our Hızır 4×4 Tactical Wheeled Armored Vehicle has been hailed all over Africa. Our expansion in the African market continues,” he said.
The deal came several days after Turkey’s national intelligence arrested and brought back to Turkey a nephew living in Kenya of Fethullah Gülen, who is accused by the Turkish government of masterminding a failed coup in Turkey in 2016.
The state-run Anadolu news agency published a photograph of the victim, Selahattin Gülen, in handcuffs with a Turkish flag on either side but did not say whether the MİT operation took place with the coordination of the host country.
Hours after Erdoğan’s revelation, Selahattin Gülen’s wife Seriyye released a video on YouTube in which she said her husband went missing on May 3 in Kenya, where he has been living for the past seven months.
“I haven’t heard from him [since May 3]. … At this point, I don’t know how, but I think it’s very likely that he was abducted [by people working for the government] and taken to Turkey on May 5,” she said.
Gülen also alleged that her husband was kidnapped solely because he was related to Fethullah Gülen, calling on authorities to find Selahattin Gülen and release him immediately.
Selahattin Gülen’s brother Kemal Gülen, a journalist and TV host who is also in exile, tweeted that his brother was kidnapped in Kenya and forcibly taken to Turkey despite the fact that the Kenyan courts had ruled against his extradition.
The incident follows the enforced disappearance of nearly 30 people with real or alleged links to the Gülen movement since the failed coup.