Apr 23 2018

Net closing in on key Turkey coup suspect ― Erdoğan

Turkish intelligence services have a clear idea of the whereabouts of Adil Öksüz, believed to have played a key role in the failed coup attempt of July 2016, according to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

"It wouldn't be appropriate to say which country he is in but we are tracking him down,” said Erdoğan in a television interview. “We found some connections and I hope, if the intelligence we have is confirmed, we will take necessary steps."

Turkish authorities believe Öksüz acted as the point of contact between elements of the Turkish Air Force that participated in the coup attempt and the Gülen organisation, which the government says organised the failed putsch.

Öksüz, an academic, who worked as a theology lecturer in a Turkey’s Sakarya University, was detained in the early hours of July 16 2016, as it became clear that the coup attempt had failed.

He was found in a field outside Akıncı Air Base in Ankara, which acted the coup’s command and control centre. He said he had been looking for land to buy and was released after only a few hours in detention. Authorities subsequently lost track of him.

Despite an extensive manhunt, no concrete information concerning his fate has been made public, though numerous rumours including reports that he is in Germany have been widely circulated in Turkey’s pro-government media.