Randy Weber, a member of the United States House of Representatives, has said during a public meeting that the disappearance of Orhan İnandı, a Kyrgyz citizen of Turkish origin who is feared to have been abducted by the Turkish Intelligence, is “a crime against democracy and humanity.”
Weber attended a public protest held on Wednesday in front of the US Capitol Building in Washington DC, where he criticized the Turkish government and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of pursuing an “autocratic” agenda.
“What is happening in Turkey is a travesty. Erdogan is an autocratic, anti-democratic dictator. He is doing his best to destroy Turkey. We need to get Orhan İnandı free — and a lot of people. This (İnandı) is just the latest example in a long line of travesties what I call a crime against humanity, democracy, and the world,” Weber said.
A group of human rights activists gathered in front of the US Capitol Building on Wednesday in protest of Orhan İnandı’s disappearance. Today marks the 15th day of his disappearance.
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.
İnandı is feared to have been abducted due to similar reasons.
He has been held in a building housing the Turkish Embassy in Bishkek, İnandı’s wife claimed.
“My husband, Orhan İnandı who has worked for the good of Kyrgyz children for 26 year, was abducted 7 days ago. According to the information I managed to gather, he has been held at the Turkish embassy in Bishkek.” Reyhan İnandı said in a tweet on Monday.
JAMAAT Chair says İnandı’s abduction is horrifying, calling on Kyrgyz authorities to figure out his whereabouts
Walter Ruby, Executive Director, JAMAAT (Jews Muslims and Allies Acting Together), has described İnandı’s abduction as a “horrifying act,” calling on Kyrgyz authorities to take all the measures to locate and rescue the man from illegal custory of the Turkish authorities.
“President Biden loves to claim that ‘America is back!’ Well if America is truly back, she needs to speak out for Orhan İnandı,” Ruby said during the public meeting on Wednesday in front of the US Capitol Building in Washington DC,