It has been revealed that the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) suspended Turkey’s authorization to access the wanted persons database in the aftermath of July 15 failed coup attempt. The Turkish police department placed a notice to Interpol for 60 thousand fugitive Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) members after the attempt. However, alleging an ‘issue of trust’ because of the high number, Interpol suspended Turkey’s accession to the list. Thus, FETÖ fugitives could easily travel in many countries, particularly in Europe and the USA. The parallel structure members can travel with their current passport without being arrested when they flee abroad, because the system does not show any restriction on their names.
Probe finds FETÖ using new secret messaging app
Three people were arrested on Tuesday over the alleged use of a new messaging app linked to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), the group orchestrating a deadly coup attempt nearly one year ago, according to a judicial source.The Ankara Western Chief Public Prosecutor's Office launched an investigation in March after a former police officer, named Cumali K., who was expelled from his post over FETÖ links, was contacted again by members of the organization.According to the source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media, the former police officer confessed that three FETÖ members he had worked with visited him and asked if he needed any material or moral support.He said the FETÖ members installed a program called Cryptnote on his phone and computer, calling it “more reliable” than ByLock, a suspected means of communication for the organization.Der Spiegel pushes for another coup in TurkeyUnder the direction of prosecutors, Ankara police tracked the three FETÖ members -- Idris D, Mahmut O. and Mutlu D. -- and found they were allegedly visiting people associated with the group, and then fired the trio and took them into custody.After questioning at the prosecutors' office, the suspects were arrested on charges of being members of a terrorist organization.The suspects were allegedly working on restructuring FETÖ by uploading the encrypted Cryptnote messaging app on the computers and phones of FETÖ members who were expelled from the civil service.The investigation also found the suspects were allegedly in contact with the families of arrested FETÖ members to prevent them from exposing the group.They also allegedly acted to hinder FETÖ member confessions and keep up the morale of the non-exposed members.FETÖ and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gülen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 250 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.FETÖ is also behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.Turkey: 70 PKK terrorists neutralized over last weekFETÖ terrorist captured in IstanbulErdoğan: Shame on those who blame the victims of the coup instead of the putschists
The database, where countries upload the passport information of wanted persons, is also known as the law-enforcement database of Interpol. Just as the passport number of any wanted person is identified by the system anywhere in the world, Interpol takes action and surveillance is applied for the fugitive person. Interpol’s decision prevented FETÖ fugitives from being listed on the database.
Turkey, for nearly a year, has continued its attempts so that the International Criminal Police Organization would change its decision. The Interpol General Secretariat was informed that the names were not determined randomly, and many years of legal investigations were carried out regarding thousands of people sought for being affiliated to FETÖ. Interpol’s approach to this issue enables FETÖ members who flee abroad to travel with their current passports without the concern of being extradited to Turkey.
German spy chief: Turkey important for counterterrorism
The head of Germany’s domestic security agency on Tuesday described Turkish intelligence as an “important partner” in fighting terrorism.Hans-Georg Maassen was speaking at a news conference in Berlin, where his Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) was presenting its annual report.Alongside Maassen was Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere who said it was in the interests of both Turkey and Germany to continue cooperating on security issues, despite recent political disagreements.“The geostrategic situation of Turkey shows that we also have an interest in working with Turkey in the fight against terrorism,” he said.De Maiziere said intelligence sharing on suspected foreign fighters returning from conflict regions like Syria and Iraq to Germany was particularly important.Recent political spats between Berlin and Ankara have also put security cooperation between the two countries at risk, as authorities cancelled several planned meetings over the past few months.-Disagreements over FETÖRelations between Ankara and Berlin have been rocky since the failed coup attempt in Turkey last July.Turkish authorities have sharply criticized Germany for not arresting suspects believed to have been involved in the coup attempt. Berlin has said Ankara should first provide legally sound evidence.Turkey’s government has also accused Germany of tolerating the activities of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) which is believed to have organized the 2016 attempted military takeover.Asked on Tuesday about Ankara’s expectations of German domestic intelligence in monitoring FETÖ activities in its jurisdiction, de Maiziere said the group’s members in Germany were not involved in anti-constitutional activities.Led by U.S.-based cleric Fetullah Gulen, FETÖ has a large network in Germany, which is home to a three-million-strong Turkish community.FETÖ has been careful so far not to attract criticism from the German public, particularly focusing on interfaith dialogue programs plus delivering moderate messages to win the trust of the media, influential churches and political institutions.Since the failed coup attempt last year, nearly 4,000 FETÖ suspects went to Germany from Turkey and other countries, according to local media reports.More than 420 Turkish citizens with suspected ties to FETÖ -- who hold diplomatic or service passports -- have also sought asylum in Germany; several have been granted leave to stay in the country.
FETÖ takes advantage of Interpol’s decision
Many members of the organization, such as members of the judiciary, soldiers in NATO, journalists, police officers and bureaucrats, including FETÖ prosecutors Zekeriya Öz, Fikret Seçen and Celal Kara, maintain their lives in a number of countries, particularly in Europe and the USA. Many FETÖ members are known to have applied for asylum, and their requests were granted. Fugitive FETÖ members were also revealed to have made deals with human traffickers and attempted to flee abroad with various methods. Within this scope, Interpol’s decision allowed FETÖ fugitives to have what they actually wanted.
No ByLock users among Turkish deputies, ministers
There are no active users of the Bylock mobile phone application among lawmakers and ministers anymore, Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli said on Tuesday.According to Turkish authorities, Bylock was a suspected means of communication among members of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), which is accused of being behind the deadly defeated coup a year ago.In an interview with CNN Turk, Canikli said only those rightly identified as being linked to FETÖ had been expelled from their posts, adding that this process would continue.About whether FETÖ maintains a political extension, the deputy premier said there were now no active ByLock users among deputies and ministers."As of today, no active ByLock user has been identified and reported to us, including from among deputies and ministers," he said.However, he said further action had been taken against some former members of parliament and organizations after “some trouble” was detected.The deputy premier said more than 300 members of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party who held various positions within the organization had been expelled for their links to FETÖ.Canikli also said some FETÖ members had left no trace behind, making it difficult to detect them."They trained and placed crypto personnel for special purposes without leaving any trace."We do not know them. They did not leave any trace, they did not study in their [FETO] schools, did not work in their associations, did not use ByLock and had no connection with Bank Asya.“You cannot detect these people by applying the known criteria. [But] If you use special ways you can detect them," he said.FETÖ and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 250 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.FETÖ is behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.Probe finds FETÖ using new secret messaging app
New MİT trucks case indictment in court
Istanbul Chief Public Prosecution Office prepared an indictment on Tuesday for 55 suspects, including "civilian imams" linked to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), regarding Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) aid truck case. Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor İrfan Fidan stated that after the MİT trucks were stopped, the FETÖ terrorists called the US embassy and the Consulate General. He also added that they had asked the U.S. Consulate General regarding the content of the conversation.Fidan stated that a witness, who was a senior member of the FETÖ terrorist organization, said that “The order to stop the MİT trucks, record the trucks and release the footage was given by the ringleader of the organization Fetullah Gülen from Pennsylvania.”Prosecutor Fidan said that the investigation of Enis Berberoğlu for leaking secret documents, while the MİT truck case was still underway, is still continuing. MİT trucks transporting aid to Turkmens were intercepted by security forces. The supplies were seized and MİT personnel were handcuffed and detained. The operation is believed to be a FETÖ plot aimed at creating chaos by making a highly confidential matter public. CHP deputy gets 25 years in MIT trucks case
Der Spiegel pushes for another coup in Turkey
A six-page report published in Der Spiegel, a German newspaper, backed the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) and falsely accused the Turkish government of deliberately not preventing the coup.The article, published by Turkish journalist Eren Çaylan and Turkey correspondent Maximilian Popp on Saturday, did not acknowledge the role of US-based FETÖ ringleader Fetullah Gülen.Gülen orchestrated Turkey's July 15 coup attempt and is the mastermind behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary."According to Gülen, the coup attempt was a ploy organized by Erdoğan, to expand his rule. Turkey's western partners have not yet decided which statement is correct. [Turkish President] Erdoğan used this coup attempt as a means of intimidation to daunt those who do not support him," said the report, echoing the words of FETÖ’s ringleader Gülen.The article was in favor of the violent coup attempt that left 249 people martyred and over 2,100 wounded. Tanks rolled out on to the streets of Istanbul and Ankara on the night of the coup bid, and indiscriminately shot civilians. The article also claimed that a second coup attempt in Turkey was possible. Germany was found to be a haven for FETÖ, which uses the country as a functioning center.