Puzzles around die Kidnapping of a relative of a prominent Erdogan opponent from Kenya

Questions arise about the disappearance of a foreign citizen, a relative of the most prominent opponent of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, from the police headquarters in Kenya, which despite a court decision, die prevents his extradition, in die Hands from Ankara.

A week after it became known that Selahattin Gülen, the nephew of the preacher Fethullah Gülen, had been arrested and in die Turkey was deported, Kenya is silent about the incident and its role in it.

Human rights defenders see the case as evidence of the extent to which Kenya, under the leadership of Uhuru Kenyatta, does not comply with judicial decisions and cooperates with foreign intelligence services.

Since the attempted coup against Erdogan in 2016, which Ankara accused the US exile Gülen, has die Turkey Tens of thousands arrested on suspicion of ties to him.

According to documents, die a court in Kenya, his nephew Salahuddin Gülen, a 30-year-old resident of the United States, was arrested on arrival at Nairobi airport on October 17 before his provisional release.

Puzzles around die Kidnapping of a relative of a prominent Erdogan opponent from Kenya

Fethullah Gülen (Reuters)

Documents indicate that Ankara notified Nairobi, demanding his arrest for “child sexual abuse” and extradition, but his attorney replied that these attributed acts “were tried in 2018 and concluded in innocence”.

They indicated that die The Turkish government had launched a “longstanding campaign to prosecute and prosecute the applicant and his family” and stressed that Salah al-Din’s brother and sister and 62 members of his family were currently detained.

One of the documents states that “her only crime is her with Gülen in Connected “.

Gülen is alive in the United States and confirms that he runs a peaceful network of non-governmental organizations and corporations, and denies any involvement in the attempted coup while die Turkey accuses him of being at the head of a “terrorist” organization.

“Held in secrecy”

Banned in March die kenyan justice die Extradition of the asylum seeker Selahattin Gülen to die Turkey.

Under the terms of his provisional release, he had to report to the police station every Monday.

He was last seen on May 3 at Central Police Headquarters in Seen Nairobi, according to an urgent petition, die one of his attorneys, Gotham Arwa, filed in court two days later.

Arwa accused the Kenyan authorities of “arbitrarily and shamelessly arrested” and “secrecy” with the aim of “circumventing the law” and him in die Deport Turkey.

The official Anadolu news agency reported on May 31 that Turkish intelligence agents had Salah al-Din in die Turkey brought back.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Reuters)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Reuters)

Kenya and asylum seekers

Human Rights Watch analyst Otseino Namwaya said die The Kenyan government had merely stated that he had been kidnapped by Turks at the entrance to the police headquarters.

He asked himself, “How can foreign officials manage to arrest someone, leave with them, take them to the international airport, and get them out of the country without anyone asking questions?”

The analyst confirmed that “Human Rights Watch” intends to send a letter to die To send government, in which is asked for clarification.

Namwaya recalled a similar case when die South Sudanese dissidents Dong Samuel Luwak and Agri Idri in January 2017 in Nairobi were abducted despite a court decision prohibiting their extradition.

2019 held it die United Nations for “very likely” that the secret service die Had executed opponents after their return to Juba.

The analyst pointed out that many Rwandans, Burundians, Congolese and Ethiopians in Kenya arrested and about to return in their country were forced.

“The Kenyan government’s hostility towards asylum seekers is just incredible,” he said, adding that “die current government has no respect for justice “.

Convicted last week die Kenyan Bar Association “the persistent attack by the executive branch on die Justice “after new criticism from Kenyatta.

Kenya and die Turkey have close ties, but in 2016 Nairobi refused to close schools, die are connected to the Gülen network.

1999 took Turkish services in Kenya the leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, Abdullah Öcalan, who has been since then in Turkey is imprisoned.

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