The wife of Kahraman Demirez, one of the six Gulenists abducted by Turkish intelligence agency in Kosovo, has said the abductees are still kept at Turkish embassy, calling on people for support.
“We are now sure that our husbands are being kept at Turkish embassy. We are waiting here. The number of police officers is rising. Our vigil will continue unless we hear from them. We are waiting you to support us,” a Twitter account with the username, @o_gulyigit tweeted Friday afternoon.
Wife of another abductee sought help in a video recording, captured at Pristina airport on Friday evening, saying that the group consists of “only teachers that came to Kosovo for philanthropic causes.”
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.