Jul 28, 2021

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How Turkish intelligence kidnapped exiled billionaire cleric’s nephew in Nairobi

Mr Selahaddin Gulen, a nephew of the influential billionaire cleric Fetullah Gulen, was kidnapped early last month while trying to clear his name at the Criminal Police Headquarters (DCI) near Kiambu Road in Nairobi.

< After a full month of silence and speculation that Mr. Gulen was kidnapped by Kenyan security agencies, the Turkish National Intelligence Service (MIT) said they were behind the kidnapping of the younger Gulen.

Mr. Selahaddin had fought against plans to extradite him to Turkey as he was wanted for child molestation.

However, his family insisted that he be killed because of his connections to his uncle, Mr Fetullah Gülen, a former ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who fled to the United States after he was accused of leading a coup in his home country in 2016.

The younger Gülen even filed a lawsuit against him at the court in Kiambu An extradition filed.

However, the verdict has not yet been confirmed, despite preliminary injunctions ordering the Kenyan government to put all plans for a return to Turkey on hold.

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On May 3rd, Mr. Selahaddin traveled to the Interpol Nairobi office – located at the DCI headquarters on Kiambu Road – in hopes of clearing a red complaint against him.

Apparently someone tipped Turkish intelligence officials as their car was blocked just a stone’s throw away from DCI headquarters before unknown men order him into another car and speed away.

” The Turkish secret service grabbed a member of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) abroad and brought him back to Turkey, a security source said on Monday, “reported the Turkish state news agency Anadolu (Ana) on Monday evening.

< "It was learned that Mr. Selahaddin Gulen, a relative of FETO ringleader Fetullah Gulen, with the help of the covert structure of the terrorist group," reported Ana.

Mr. Selah addin is last on October 17th Year arrived in Kenya on a tourist visa. He was arrested and charged less than 48 hours after his arrival, then released on bail while extradition proceedings were pending against him.

It now appears that he knew that the Turkish government wanted his extradition , but not for child abuse. This emerges from an affidavit he submitted to the Kiambu Law Courts that the nation has seen.

Light Academies

“The real motive behind issuing the Red Notice is that, in 2016 there was a failed coup attempt in Turkey. It is believed that a Fetulla Gülen (my uncle) could have supported the coup.

“The Turkish authorities have therefore cracked down on all persons who were directly or indirectly related to the said Fetullah Gülen. All of his relatives who were physically present in Turkey were arrested on fictitious charges and are serving long sentences in Turkey, “Selahaddin told the court.

Fetullah Gülen is the leader of the Gülen movement, a spiritual one Group of millions of followers around the world claiming to promote altruism, humility and education.

The movement that began in the late 1980s and has grown into an oppositional force in Turkey over time consists of more than 100 schools around the world, including Kenya, where it operates the light academies. Turkey has been trying in vain for some time to force Kenya to close the light academies.

Mr Fetullah Gülen was first accused in 1980 of staging a coup in Turkey.

It was in 1986 arrested but released after six years on the run. He later fled to the US in 2000, where he has stayed since, but he is still an influential figure in his home country.

However, his Gülen movement – or Hizmet, as it is in Turkey – a terrorist organization declared in May 2016, which led to worldwide crackdown on its members.

Detention of Abdullah Öcalan

The Turkish authorities say that Mr Selahaddin is not only a member of the Group was, but also – like his uncle – also very influential.

“He fled the country on the instructions of the leader of the terrorist group,” said MIT.

“He was in what brought back to Turkey an operation that was carried out by the national secret service, “the Turkish secret service was quoted by the Ana.

The kidnapping of Mr Selahaddin reflects the capture of Abdullah Öcalan in 1999, who on The list of wanted by the Turkish government was men and ought to be at the top ch was arrested by MIT on Kenyan soil.

As in the Öcalan case, the role of the Kenyan authorities is unknown since they have decided to keep the mother in this matter.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, DCI Chief George Kinoti and Police Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai were summoned by Kiambu Supreme Court Justice Mary Kasango to explain the whereabouts of Mr Selahaddin shortly after his disappearance. They never showed up.

A court order that stopped his extradition was also disregarded.

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