Mother and wife of abducted man detained over attempt at sit-in protest 

Turkish police have detained the wife and mother of a man who is believed to have been abducted by the country’s counter-terrorism police.

According to a special report on Tuesday by Bold Medya, an online news portal, police officers detained the mother and wife of Mustafa Yilmaz, an abductee who went missing in Ankara in early 2019, to prevent their planned sit-in protest in Turkey’s capital city Ankara.

Police on Tuesday detained Yilmaz’s wife Sumeyye Yilmaz on the Sakarya Road of Ankara’s Cankaya district, where she had arrived so as to stage a peaceful sit-in to call on the Turkish state to find her husband.

Nevin Yilmaz, the mother, was also detained by police officers before she was able to arrive in the Sakarya Road, where the protest was scheduled to take place.

In February 2019, a total of six people who had been sought in terror investigations prior to going missing were abducted in Ankara.

Although four of them reappeared in the custody of Turkey’s counter-terrorism police in late July, the remaining two, Yilmaz and Gokhan Turkmen are still missing and their families don’t know whether they are dead or alive.

Family members, as well as the eye-witnesses, claim that the abductors were agents of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government and they arrived with black transports during the abduction incident.

Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu, a lawmaker from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), was also there to support Sumeyye Yilmaz and tried to prevent police officers from detaining her.

“He is a traitor. He fled abroad,” a police chief from the Ankara Police Station was heard as saying, in reference to Mustafa Yilmaz, in video footage shared by Gergerlioglu on his official Twitter account.


Making a statement following the detention of Yilmaz’s wife, Gergerlioglu said: “The detention took place prior to the protest. These people have the constitutional right to make a press statement. The police have no right to label Yilmaz as a traitor.”

The MP also added: “He [police chief] says Yilmaz went abroad. If you know something about his whereabouts, then explain it [to the public]. This person is nowhere to be found for seven months. He was abducted.”

The detention of Yilmaz’s wife comes barely days after the release on social media of a video released on September 20 in which she urged the Turkish state to reveal the whereabouts of her husband “to save face”.

A court released Yilmaz pending trial on January 8 after 100 days he spent in prison on charges of being a member of Gulen movement, designated by the Turkish government as a terrorist organization.

Led by the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, the Gulen group is accused by the Turkish state of masterminding the failed coup attempt targeting AKP government on July 15, 2016.

Both the cleric Gulen and his followers deny the allegations against them.

According to the data of the Interior Ministry, however, the Turkish government has detained or arrested nearly 80,000 people while prosecuting more than 511,000 due to alleged links to the faith-based movement.

Turkey needs to save face over abductions says wife of Gulen accused

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