Al­ba­nia to de­port FETÖ sus­pect caught en route to Italy

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - National -

AL­BA­NIAN au­thor­i­ties an­nounced yes­ter­day that they would de­port Muhammed Yasir Ay­doğ­muş, a sus­pect linked to the Gülenist Ter­ror Group (FETÖ), and his fam­ily to Turkey. Ay­doğ­muş, 39, who is wanted by Turkey, was try­ing to en­ter Italy from the Al­ba­nian port of Dur­res with a fal­si­fied pass­port.

Au­thor­i­ties say Ay­doğ­muş had an in­ter­na­tional ar­rest war­rant and would be held in de­ten­tion un­til the com­ple­tion of the le­gal pro­ce­dure for his ex­tra­di­tion.

The sus­pect was cap­tured over the week- end. He is ac­cused of mem­ber­ship of a ter­ror­ist group and al­legedly, was one of the sus­pects con­trol­ling the no­to­ri­ous @fu­atavni Twit­ter ac­count. The Twit­ter ac­count first ap­peared in Fe­bru­ary 2014, roughly three months after two coup at­tempts by FETÖ, which is also blamed for the July 15, 2016 coup at­tempt. The ac­count, us­ing its sources at key gov­ern­men­tal posts, leaked con­fi­den­tial de­ci­sions by the gov­ern­ment, ac­com­pa­nied with threats, in­sults and com­men­taries tar­get­ing Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­doğan and other gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials. It served as an im­por­tant tool for FETÖ mem­bers in ma­nip­u­lat­ing the op­po­si­tion against the gov­ern­ment. Sev­eral sus­pects were al­ready ar­rested in Turkey for their links to the ac­count and mem­ber­ship of FETÖ.

The ter­ror­ist group main­tains a world­wide net­work of schools and com­pa­nies. FETÖ has the strong­est net­work in Al­ba­nia, Turkey’s am­bas­sador to Al­ba­nia, Hi­dayet Bayrak­tar, said in a re­cent in­ter­view with Anadolu Agency (AA). Chief Pros­e­cu­tor Adri­atik Llala said in May that they be­lieved some of the sus­pects who par­tic­i­pated in the coup at- tempt are hid­ing in the coun­try and they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the re­ports. Er­doğan warned Al­ba­nia of FETÖ’s pres­ence in the coun­try in an in­ter­view with the coun­try’s Top Chan­nel last sum­mer. Er­doğan called on Al­ba­ni­ans not to send their chil­dren to FETÖ schools in or­der to pre­vent this threat. He men­tioned that he had also made the same re­quest to Al­ba­nian Prime Min­is­ter Edi Rama and Pres­i­dent Bu­jar Nis­hani, and warned that FETÖ might oth­er­wise be­come a threat in the coun­try in the fu­ture and, then, “it would be too late.”

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