Gabon re­turns three sus­pects to Turkey over ‘Gülen links’

Cyprus Today - - TURKEY -

THREE Turk­ish na­tion­als de­tained in Gabon over links to the Fethul­lah Gülen move­ment that Ankara blames for a failed 2016 coup have been brought to Turkey, Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­doğan said on Tues­day. Speak­ing to law­mak­ers from his rul­ing AK Party, Mr Er­doğan vowed to con­tinue to seek sup­port­ers of the US-based cleric “no mat­ter where they run”. “Gabon has re­turned three im­por­tant Gülenists to our coun­try. No mat­ter where they run or how much they run, we will go af­ter them,” he said. Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency, cit­ing se­cu­rity sources, said the three sus­pects had been cap­tured in an op­er­a­tion car­ried out by Turk­ish in­tel­li­gence. It said the three were brought back to Turkey and handed over to author­i­ties for ques­tion­ing. The sus­pects, iden­ti­fied as Os­man Özpı­nar, İbrahim Ak­baş and Ad­nan Demironal, were in­volved in the ad­min­is­tra­tion of schools run by Gulen’s net­work, Anadolu said, adding that they were also users of ByLock, an en­crypted mes­sag­ing app the gov­ern­ment says is used by the cleric’s sup­port­ers. It said the three were de­tained by author­i­ties in Gabon on March 23 and also faced charges of mem­ber­ship of an armed ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion. Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Bekir Boz­dağ, the gov­ern­ment’s spokesman, said last week 80 people sus­pected of links to Gülen’s net­work had been brought back to Turkey from abroad.

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