Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkish intelligence officers “wrapped up Kosovo-based Gulenist teachers and took them to Turkey in a successful operation.”
Speaking to an Istanbul crowd on Saturday, Erdogan said 5 teachers and a doctor were brought back to Turkey by a Turkish intelligence operation.
Kosovo PM and President earlier told media that they were not informed about the operation in advance, highlighting that the operation should not have happened.
Turkish government accuses Gülen movement of masterminding a failed coup attempt in Turkey in 2016 while the latter denies involvement.
More than 150,000 people have been detained and 60,000 were remanded in prison over Gulen links in Turkey since the summer of 2016. Meanwhile, Erdogan called on foreign governments to punish Gulenists in their own countries.
So far, a number of countries like Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Georgia and Myanmar handed over academics, businessmen and school principals upon the Turkish government’s request despite the fact that some of those victims already had refugee status with the United Nations.