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Kidnappings at Erdogan’s Bidding

Turkey is clearly pursuing a policy of kidnapping. Research by international media has revealed that the MIT, Turkey’s secret service, hunts down political opponents worldwide before abducting them to back to Turkey.

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After the attempted coup in July 2016, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared followers of the Gülen movement as terrorists, threatening them with persecution both at home and abroad. Since then, several Turkish citizens have been kidnapped abroad and brought forcibly to prisons in Turkey. Joint research conducted by the German ZDF magazine "Frontal 21" and eight international media, coordinated by the not-for-profit research center CORRECTIV, reveals verifiable cases in Malaysia, Kosovo, Azerbaijan, Gabon, Ukraine and the Republic of Moldavia. The research entailed watching CCTV recordings, examining internal documents and interviewing eye-witnesses and victims. Several of the latter allege that they have been tortured in secret prisons.