Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) has reportedly abducted a Turkish citizen living in Kyrgyzstan as part of Erdogan government’s intense crackdown on opposition figures affiliated with the Gulen group around the world.
According to several Kyrgyz media outlets, Orhan İnandı, the founder and president of the Turkish-Kyrgyz Sapat school network operating in Kyrgyzstan, went missing in Bishkek on Monday. Hours after the initial reports, İnandı was reported to be in custody in The Turkish Embassy in Bishkek. İnandı’s Toyota Lexus was found parked several blocs away from his house with its doors were open and tires were flat.
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.
Another Khashoggi case just erupted in Kyrgyzstan. As the Turkish police searched the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul following the disappearance of Khashoggi,the Kyrgyz police is looking for a Turkish citizen,allegedly kidnapped by Turkey's intelligence unit, in the Turkish embassy. https://t.co/bLkSDeqTaG
— İmdat Oner (@im_oner) June 1, 2021
Hundreds hit streets in Bishkek to prevent abducted educator’s deportation to Turkey
Hundreds of people took to the streets in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek on Wednesday to march in protest of the Turkish intelligence’s recent abduction of Orhan İnandı.
The crowd marched from the Turkish embassy to the President’s office, where they carried out a sit in protest to demand that authorities find the abducted man and prevent his illegal deportation to Turkey.
Orhan İnandı Kırgızistan'da ne kadar sevilen bir eğitimciymiş. Öğrencileri, veliler, dostları kendisini hiç yalnız bırakmadı.
"Orhan İnandı Nerede" diye sormaya devam ediyorlar.
— Sevinç Özarslan (@sevincozarslan) June 2, 2021