Turkish secret services extradite Gülenists from Gabon

Turkish intelligence agency MİT has brought three high-level Gülenist figures back to Turkey from the central African country of Gabon, Hürriyet newspaper said.

The operation, in which Osman Özpınar, İbrahim Akbaş and Adnan Demirönal were flown out of the capital Libreville by private plane, dealt a devastating blow to the Gülen movement in the country, the newspaper said.

The three men, who were all involved in running schools throughout Africa, were arrested by Gabonese security forces on March 23.

The Turkish government believes the Gülen movement, a secretive religious group following exile preacher Fethullah Gülen, masterminded a failed July 2016 coup attempt. In the time since then, it has been seeking to destroy the movement in Turkey and worldwide by closing movement-linked schools, businesses and charities, detaining more than 100,000 people accused of being followers, and extraditing more 80 more from 18 different countries.

In a search of their homes, the three men were found to have documents linked to the movement, $20,800 and 12 million Central African Francs ($22,560) in cash, and various electronic communications devices, according to Turkish state news agency Anadolu.