US delegation in Ankara to discuss Fethullah Gülen

A US delegation came to Ankara to meet Turkish authorities on December 3 and 4
Thursday, 03 January 2019 14:37

A US delegation, including the FBI officials, started contacting with the officials from Ankara Courthouse. The meetings are expected to deal with the question of Turkey's new pieces of evidence offered to the US regarding Fethullah Gülen and Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ). According to the sources, the delegation follows a "FETÖ" case in progress. 

The talks will also include Fethullah Gulen's extradition.

Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office detected that the alleged civilian imams of the coup attempt of 15 July 2016, Adil Öksüz, Kemal Batmaz, Hakan Çiçek, Harun Biniş, and Nurettin Oruç were in the US in January, March and June in the same year. 

These names are known to meet with Gülen for preliminary meetings of the coup attempt. Following the coup attempt, the mobile phone of Hakan Çicek, who was captured while he was escaping through Akıncı Base, was found during a land search.

The US-based GSM line of ÇiÇek was first activated on March 7, 2016, at Gülen's farmhouse in Pensylvania. The coordinates were detected from the location data recorded since the phone was activated.

On July 13, 2018, Turkish officials put these digital prints on the table at a meeting with the United States. The US side also began to make its own assessment on the data.

In the meeting that will be held today and tomorrow in Ankara, with the participation of officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Interior and Justice, the new assessments of the US authorities are expected to be revealed.

The US side will tell the latest situation in preliminary investigations on "FETÖ-related organizations and names in 18 states, as well as on organized crime such as visa irregularities and money laundering".

Kemal (Kevin) Öksüz, who was arrested in August in Armenia, was held responsible in the US for the violation of the laws concerning the financing of Congress members' trip to Azerbaijan and was returned to the United States.

Turkish officials say that the issue including Öksüz could be a turning point in "FETÖ's unveiling of illegal works through various institutions such as schools and associations in the United States" and "gathering the interest of the US public".

The details of the new developments regarding the talks between the US delegation and the Turkish authorities will be seen more clearly in the coming days.