Oct 18 2019

Cambodian police arrests Turkish-Mexican national over Gülen links – Reuters

Cambodian police have arrested a Turkish-Mexican former director of a school run by the Gülen movement, which Turkey accuses of orchestrating a coup attempt in 2016, Reuters reported on Friday citing the man’s wife.

Osman Karaca, former director of Zaman International School, was arrested by eight policemen while he was at a bank on Oct. 14 in the capital Phnom Penh, his wife Grace Karaca told Reuters.

Grace Karaca fears her husband will be deported to Turkey, Reuters said.

The Mexican Embassy in Vietnam confirmed the arrest in a letter and asked Cambodia’s Interior Ministry to provide information and let him communicate with a consul, Reuters said. Mexico does not have an embassy in Cambodia.

“Cambodia’s Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak could not be reached for comment. Police spokesman Chhay Kim Khoeun declined to comment. Turkey’s Embassy in Phnom Penh did not immediately respond to a request for comment,” Reuters said.

The Turkish government launched a crackdown against devotees of U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gülen following the failed putsch in 2016.

More than 77,000 people have been jailed pending trial and about 150,000 civil servants, military personnel and others have been sacked or suspended from their jobs in Turkey over Gülen links.

The government is also taking action against Gülen schools that before the crackdown had operated in 160 countries by putting pressure on foreign governments to close these establishments.

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-cambodia-turkey-mexico/turkish-mexican-national-arrested-in-cambodia-amid-alleged-gulen-links-idUKKBN1WX108?il=0