Turkish secret services seized 80 Gülenists overseas – government

Turkish government spokesman Bekir Bozdağ said on Thursday that his country’s secret services had so far seized 80 Turkish citizens overseas in its hunt for members of the Gülen movement.

“Up to today, the (intelligence) agency have packaged up and delivered 80 FETÖ (Fethullahist Terror Organisation) members from 18 countries,” Islamist newspaper Yeni Şafak quoted Bozdağ as saying.

FETÖ, or the Gülen movement, is a religious sect following preacher Fethullah Gülen, who now lives in exile in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. Its members have been accused by the Turkish government of perpetrating the July 2016 failed coup attempt.

Bozdağ recalled how Turkish intelligence agency MİT had been given the power to conduct overseas operations in 2014, opening the way for these operations.

“An intelligence agency collects intelligence. It was given the power to carry out operational activities overseas. Operations like those in Kosovo will continue.”

Six Turkish citizens living in Kosovo were forcibly extradited back to Turkey by MİT last week, leading to consternation in the country as its prime minister came out against the operation but its president praised it.

 “The event in Kosovo was a great success,” Bozdağ said. “FETÖ are in panic in Pennsylvania.”