Alleged victim of enforced disappearance turns up in police custody, says spouse

Gokhan Turkmen, one of the six Turkish nationals allegedly abducted in February this year, turned up in police custody like the other five previously did, his wife Zehra Turkmen announced on Wednesday.

Turkmen was last seen by his mother in the southern city of Antalya, on February 7, 2019.

He was reported missing on February 12.

On the 269th day of his disappearance, Zehra said on her Twitter account, police called her to tell that Turkmen was in the custody of the Antalya Police Department.

According to Amnesty International, the rights organization which called on Turkish authorities to investigate the disappearance of Gokhan Turkmen, police had been searching Turkmen on terror charges over alleged ties to the Gulen movement.

The movement is led by US-exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen whom Ankara accuses of orchestrating the failed putsch.

The crackdown that followed the 2016 coup attempt resulted in a state of emergency being declared. This was almost immediately followed by mass arrests of people as well as thousands being dismissed from their jobs, especially in the public sector.

Giving credence to the allegations of abduction were previous cases of victims such as Salim Zeybek, who was abducted by armed men who reportedly identified themselves as state agents on February 21 as his spouse and children witnessed the incident play out.

Yasin Ugan and Ozgur Kaya, other two alleged victims, were also abducted in broad daylight, as the residents of the neighborhood watched the armed men take the two men away.

Relatives of the victims and survivors who underwent enforced disappearance have pointed fingers at the Turkish National Intelligence Service (MIT).

A report presented to the Council of Europe claims that MIT carries out abductions targeting alleged Gulen affiliates and other groups designated by Ankara as terrorists alike, to take them in for interrogation in extralegal confinement.

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