Turkish intelligence officers on Tuesday brought three senior Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) members to Turkey following an anti-terror operation against the group in Gabon, a Central African country, security sources said.
The group was brought to Turkey from the capital Libreville on a private plane, the sources said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.
The senior FETÖ members were arrested by Gabon’s security forces on March 23, the sources added.
The group includes Osman Ozpinar, Ibrahim Akbas, and Adnan Demironal.
Several documents related to the terror group, $20,800, 12 million Central African francs ($22,560), and several electronic telecommunication devices were also seized from the three men.
Warrants out for 79 FETÖ linked teachers in Turkey
Arrest warrants were issued for 79 teachers working at Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ)-linked schools, according to the prosecutors’ office in Ankara on Tuesday.Following the warrants, 50 suspects were arrested in an Ankara-based operation.The teachers were working at FETO-linked schools shut down by a decree-law. FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup attempt on July 15, 2016, that martyred 250 people and left nearly 2,200 injured. Ankara also accuses the group of a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.
According to the sources, Turkish courts had already issued arrest warrants on Ozpinar on the charge of membership in an armed terrorist group.
Ozpinar has worked as the head of the FETÖ-linked International Turkish Gabon School in Libreville and as of May 2017, he has assumed the position of coordinator and director-general of Light Academy, an umbrella group operating FETÖ’s schools across Kenya, according to the sources.
Ozpinar also has reportedly used ByLock messaging app, an encrypted smartphone app used by FETÖ members before and during the defeated coup of July 2016.
Demironal, another FETÖ member who was brought back, also had an arrest warrant issued on him by an Ankara court for membership in an armed terror organization.
Turkey offers Kyrgyzstan support in fight against FETÖ
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday offered Kyrgyzstan help in fighting Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), which Ankara holds responsible for the attempted coup on July 15, 2016.At a joint press conference at the presidential complex in the capital Ankara alongside his visiting Kyrgyz counterpart Sooronbay Jeenbekov, Erdoğan said, “Turkey will continue its fight against FETÖ at home and abroad until the last FETÖ traitor will be held to account before the law,” he said.”We will be with him [Jeenbekov] in the fight against FETÖ with our respective departments,” he said.Erdoğan said the FETÖ terrorist organization also posed “a great threat to Kyrgyzstan”.Turkey to continue chasing terrorists abroad: ErdoğanThe Turkish president said that FETÖ and its supporters had tried to derail Turkey-Kyrgyzstan relations.”I see today’s visit of President Jeenbekov as the best answer to FETÖ’s efforts,” he said.”I believe that Jeenbekov will be much more vigorous against FETO and take the necessary measures promptly,” he added.FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup attempt on July 15, 2016, that martyred 250 people and left nearly 2,200 injured.Ankara also accuses the group of a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.Video: Fethullah Gülen’s involvement in Turkey’s failed coup
He assumed the top position at the FETÖ-linked Light Schools in Gabon, formerly known as Ecole Privée International Turco-Gabon.
Akbas was sought too on arrest warrants issued by two separate Turkish courts for being a FETÖ member.
Akbas used the messaging app ByLock and worked as the director general at Light Schools in Gabon. He was responsible for channeling the money the terror group transferred to Africa from Europe.
In a separate operation on March 29, Turkish intelligence officers brought six senior FETÖ members back to Turkey after rounding them up in Kosovo.
FETÖ and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated July 2015 defeated coup in Turkey, which left 250 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
Ankara also accuses FETÖ of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.