Yasemin Karabina, the wife of Yusuf Karabina, one of the six Gulenists abducted by Turkish intelligence agency in Kosovo, has said his husband was captured the same way some people who were abducted due to the their links to the Gulen movement in other countries.
“The other police officer battered my son, took him out of the car, grabbed him from his jaw and tried to close his mouth and to drag him away. The police on the other side also tried to take my husband out of the car. … They did not give any info. They did not tell us politely that we would be taken to a police station. They were rather behaving like they were abducting us. And we were scared because we knew about Erdogan’s targeting of people like us in other countries. We thought it was our turn. We were scared because they approached us in a similar way,” she told local media.
Kosovo police early on Thursday arrested 6 Gülenists who used to work at a group of schools affiliated with the Gülen group, which is accused by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of masterminding a failed coup attempt in 2016.
Turkey’s security sources earlier told the state-run Anadolu Agency that the suspects, named as Cihan Özkan, Kahraman Demirez, Hasan Hüseyin Günakan, Mustafa Erdem, Osman Karakaya and Yusuf Karabina, were brought to Turkey via a private aircraft by the National Intelligence Organization (MİT).
Both Kosovo PM and President said they were not informed about the operation expressing regret over the incident Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan praised the operation saying: “Wherever they are, we will package them up and bring them [to Turkey], God willing.”
Erdoğan accuses the 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.