Jun 14 2018

Top coup suspect's wife spotted in US

Updated: This story has been updated to state there were two release decisions on Adil Öksüz.

The wife of Adil Öksüz, accused by Turkey of playing a key role in the 15 July 2016 coup attempt, has been spotted in the U.S. state of New Jersey, Anadolu Agency reported on Thursday.

Turkey’s semi-official state news agency announced that it had filmed Aynur Öksüz in a car outside her brother's house. 

The report comes just a day after claims that Adil Öksüz had been staying at a flat in central Berlin.

Öksüz, a theology professor, was captured trying to flee the Akıncı military base near Ankara on the morning of 16 July 2016, as the coup attempt collapsed. However, he was released by judge Çetin Sönmez, who later admitted to being a a follower of the Gülen movement, a religious group Turkish government accuses of orchestrating the coup attempt. 

Adil Öksüz was among the people who got caught in the vicinity of the Akıncı base by the Turkish gendarme on the morning of the July 16. Öksüz was first released on judicial control by Judge Köksal Çelik, following a prosecutor's questioning. Even though the prosecutor objected to this release, this time judge Çetin Sönmez upheld the release decision by saying there is not enough evidence for his arrest. Later reported, Adil Öksüz was the only suspect that morning was able to secure his release.

Though Adil Öksüz’s whereabouts has been unknown ever since, his wife’s father previously testified that Aynur Öksüz along with her three children had moved to her brother’s house in the U.S. a month prior to the coup attempt.