Gülenist businessman extradited to Turkey from Sudan

A businessman accused of being one of the Fethullah Gülen movement’s “cash registers” has been extradited to Turkey from Sudan after a successful joint operation between the Turkish and Sudanese intelligence services, Turkey’s state news agency Anadolu reported.

Memduh Çıkmaz, who owned a petrol station and a brickmaking factory in Çorum, a city of around 270,000 people, 307 km northeast of the capital Ankara, is accused of collecting “tithes” on behalf of the religious group in the city.

The Turkish government accuses the Gülen movement – who follow an exile Islamic cleric presently living in Pennsylvania – of masterminding the July 2016 failed coup attempt in Turkey.

In January 2016, Çıkmaz fled Turkey to Sudan, where he remained in hiding until his arrest last week, the agency said.

He was one of 32 suspects in Çorum charged in July 2016 with “membership in an armed terrorist group”.

Security forces believe that Çıkmaz had sent the Gülen movement millions of dollars, Anadolu said.