Two suspected Gülenists captured abroad
The Turkish National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) has captured two more alleged members of an outlawed religious group in a string of international operations, this time from Ukraine and Azerbaijan, Turkish state run Anadolu Agency reported on Thursday.
İsa Özdemir, captured in Azerbaijan, and Salih Zeki Yiğit, who was apprehended in Ukraine, are alleged members of the Gülen movement, a religious group the Turkish government says planned the failed July 2016 coup attempt.
Özdemir was reportedly responsible for the group’s finances, while Yiğit was an “Imam,” the name reportedly used in the group to denote a regional leader, said Anadolu’s news story.
Anadolu quoted anonymous sources who said the pair had been brought back to Turkey as the result of successful MIT operations, though no indication has been given as to whether these were carried out with cooperation from local authorities.
Turkey has been pursuing a highly aggressive policy against suspected Gülenists abroad, six of whom were returned to Turkey from Kosovo in an operation in March.
Over 80 Turkish citizens linked to the group have been brought to Turkey from abroad so far, Anadolu quoted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as saying in a speech.