A US delegation is expected to meet with officials from the Turkish Foreign, Interior and Justice Ministries to discuss the results of Turkey’s investigation on the group behind the coup attempt of 15 July, 2016, FETO, led by Fetullah Gulen.
The coup attempt was the bloodiest in Turkish history, within a few hours it seemed that Turkey was going to face the fifth devastating military coup in modern history. However, this was prevented by the brave civilians who took to the streets and squares in order to counter the attacks.
Ordinary citizens along with loyalist soldiers and police forces, defeated the coup attempt successfully.
Gulen has been living in self-imposed exile in the US since 1999. The Turkish Justice Ministry formally requested the extradition or arrest of Gulen from US authorities on September 2016, albeit US authorities insisted they did not have enough evidence to do so.
On July 13, 2018, a meeting with US officials was held where Turkish authorities provided evidence of digital data that proves the role of FETO in the coup attempt. The evidence provides that a number of the so called civilian Imams of the group, were in the US on January, March and June 2016.
A team set up by the Counter-Terrorism Department of Ankara Police Office was able to trace the locations where the phone of one of those Imams was activated, through which contact with Fetullah was confirmed.
Additionally, the US is due to discuss the results of its own assessment regarding the role of Gulen’s supporters, with Turkish authorities such as an examination of FETO-linked foundations and individuals in 18 different states, and their relation to visa irregularities and money laundering.
By Sohaila Barghash