Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reiterated on Tuesday that US-based Turkish Muslim scholar Fethullah Gülen will be brought to Turkey “sooner or later.”
Speaking at his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) parliamentary group meeting in Ankara, Erdoğan reiterated that a total of 80 members of the Gülen movement abroad have been brought back to Turkey so far. “The situation of the head of these terrorists, who feels safe in Pennsylvania, will not be different. Sooner or later we will get to him,” threatened Erdoğan.
Erdoğan has also claimed that the followers of the Gülen movement “betrayed this country” and threatened that “they will get a befitting response.”
“Members of the movement would be punished whether they intended evil or not,” said Erdoğan and added that “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.”
“FETÖ” is a derogatory term used by Turkish government and President Erdoğan for Gülen movement.
Erdoğan had also praised on Sunday the abduction of people allegedly linked to the Gülen movement by Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) and said that Fethullah Gülen will be brought to Turkey as well. “We have brought 80 FETÖ members [to Turkey] from abroad to date. We will be after the others. You, in Pennsylvania, you will be brought here, too. It does not matter how much you move around,” said Erdoğan during his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) meeting in İstanbul.
Osman Özpınar, İbrahim Akbaş and Adnan Demirönal were caught in Gabon in a MİT operation and taken to Turkey by private jet last week. Also, on March 29, MİT abducted six Turkish nationals linked to the Gülen movement from Kosovo.