Interpol rejected over 770 red notice requests by Turkey for alleged Gülenists

Interpol has rejected 773 red notice request by Turkey for suspects linked the Gülen movement, a religious group Ankara accused of orchestrating the July 2016 coup attempt, Birgün newspaper reported on Friday.

The Turkish government’s cooperation with the Interpol on Gülenists suspects is "not at a desired level,’’ it cited Deputy Foreign Minister Yavuz Selim Kıran as saying, with hopes hinging on a general assembly meeting of the organisation set to take place in Istanbul later this year for increased opportunities for working together.

Ankara designates the Gülen movement, led by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gülen, a terrorist organisation over the group's alleged involvement in the failed coup attempt to topple the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Following the failed putsch, tens of thousands of suspected Gülen devotees have fled abroad as the Turkish government continues a crackdown on the group that extends beyond the country’s borders. 

 Gülen, a former ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, denies accusations of involvement in the failed coup attempt. Over 292,000 people have been detained over alleged membership in the group, according data from the Turkish Interior Ministry. 

Cooperation between Ankara and Interpol is lacking in three areas, Kıran said, red notices, denial of extradition request and the erasure of red notices, as well as the erasure of data entered by Turkey into the Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database. 

Turkey is among the top 10 countries using Interpol’s database, the official said, and the country currently has red notices issued for 2, 212 people.

Interpol’s constitution, which prevents the organisation from taking on a matter of predominantly ‘’military, political, racial and religious nature,’’ stops it from working with Ankara on alleged Gülenists, the official said. 

Interpol’s General Assembly is set to meet for its 89th session in Istanbul between Nov. 23-25.