Since the failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15th, the name of a Turkish cult leader has frequently been heard: Fetullah Gulen, a 75-year-old US-based Turkish national. He is the founder of an organization called Hizmet (Service) and now faces the charge of ordering the coup. Following a National Security Council meeting in May 2016, the Turkish government declared the organization as terrorist and gave it the name Fetullah Gulen Terror Organisation (FETO). It is now a matter of public knowledge that followers of Gulen infiltrated state institutions and tried to overthrow the democratically elected government in December 2013.
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Key coup figure was guest in Gulen’s US residence, Homeland Security document shows
U.S. document that only recently surfaced has confirmed that Kemal Batmaz, one of the masterminds of the July 15 coup attempt, stayed in Gulenist Terror Group (FETO) leader Fetullah GUlen’s residence in the U.S. six and a half months before they tried to overthrow the government.
Document released by US Homeland Security on 8 September 2017 shows Kemal Batmaz visited Fetullah Gulen
The recording also shows that Batmaz had a stopover in the U.K. before flying to the U.S. on Jan. 1, 2016, which is an important detail missing in the bill of indictment issued in the Akıncı Air Base case. The indictment only states that Batmaz left from Istanbul to go to the U.K. According to the indictment, Oksuz, another key figure in the coup attempt, had also gone to the U.K. the day before Batmaz went to the U.K., which raises suspicions that he too could’ve flown to the U.S. via the U.K.
Batmaz was caught by CCTV cameras at the Akıncı Air Base, the decision center of the coup, on the night of July 15.
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