Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he would be able to bring back the leader of a religious movement accused of masterminding a failed coup attempt in 2016, opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet said.
U.S.-based Fethullah Gülen and other members of the movement that Turkish authorities call the Fethullahist Terrorist Organisation (FETÖ) who were living outside Turkey would be brought to Turkey like movement members recently sent back from Kosovo and Gabon, Erdoğan said.
“No FETÖ member’s fate will be different to those FETÖ members we have caught overseas and brought back,” he said.
“The end of the terrorist chief who thinks he has been saved by running to Pennsylvania will be no different. Sooner or later we will get him. Everyone who has betrayed this nation will get the punishment they deserve.”
Members of the movement would be punished whether they intended evil or not, said Erdoğan, who maintained an uneasy alliance with the group from 2002 to 2013.
“Those who act with terrorists, in our eyes, are no different to terrorists. If some have mistakenly fallen in with them, I’m sorry, but when the time comes they will find themselves accounting for it in court. We are bringing justice to FETÖ’s critical men at home and abroad.”