Gabon returns three suspects to Turkey over Gulen links, Erdogan says

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April 10, 2018 13:02
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ANKARA - Three Turkish nationals detained in Gabon over links to the Fethullah Gulen movement that Ankara blames for a failed 2016 coup have been brought to Turkey, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.

Speaking to lawmakers from his ruling AK Party, Erdogan vowed to continue to seek supporters of the U.S.-based cleric "no matter where they run.""Gabon has returned three important Gulenists to our country. No matter where they run or how much they run, we will go after them," he said.

Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency, citing security sources, said the three suspects had been captured in an operation carried out by Turkish intelligence. It said the three were brought back to Turkey and handed over to authorities for questioning.

The suspects, identified as Osman Ozpinar, Ibrahim Akbas and Adnan Demironal, were involved in the administration of schools run by Gulen's network, Anadolu said, adding that they were also users of ByLock, an encrypted messaging app the government says is used by the cleric's supporters.

It said the three were detained by authorities in Gabon on March 23 and also faced charges of membership in an armed terrorist organization.

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