Veysel Akçay, the General Director of the schools affiliated with the Gülen movement in Mongolia who has lived in Mongolia for over 24 years, was abducted by Turkey’s notorious National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) Friday morning (7/27/18) in front of his house in the capital city Ulan Bator.
It was reported that a private jet plane is waiting at the Ulan Bator Airport to transfer Akçay to Turkey. Akçay, who has worked at the educational institutions in Mongolia for 24 years, is reportedly one of a few Turkish nationals possessing the Mongolian Friendship Medal bestowed by Mongolian State.
New York-based Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF) said that on Friday, at 9:00 am (local time in Mongolia) Veysel Akçay left his home to his workplace at the Empathy Worldwide Educational Institution. According to eyewitnesses (and CCTV recordings), he was stopped by a minibus in front of his house and abducted by people working on behalf of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT).
As it is known Turkish government has been taking strict measures to silence dissidents from various ideologies. Gulen/Hizmet Movement has been the main target of the government, which is a faith-based group of people engaging in different voluntary activities such as education, business and health. Alleged supporters of the Movement in Turkey have been dealing with arrest, imprisonment, torture, inhuman and degrading treatment, confiscation and passport seizure. There are many examples of abductions and physical violence incidents in several countries like Sudan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Georgia, Myanmar, Kosovo and Malaysia.
According to a statement made by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, over 100 alleged members of the Gülen movement have been abducted by MİT agents abroad and brought back to Turkey as part of the Turkish government’s global manhunt.
Around 12 AM Eastern Time (5-6 hours after abduction), Meryem Akcay announced that her husband Veysel Akcay has returned home safely. Resistance from citizens and politicians has prevented the illegal transfer to Turkey. We thank the Mongolian government and officials for resisting the illegal transfer of Veysel Akcay, showing careful attention to the situation and standing firmly for the rule of law. We urge the Mongolian government to investigate Veysel Akcay’s case, open a legal case against MIT officials and other people who engaged in this illegal act, and ensure the safety of Gulen sympathizers in Mongolia.
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Мөв мөрөөрөө 20 жил Мглд хичээл заасан багшийг минь Туркээс тусгай онгоц ирээд өнөө өглөө гэрийнх нь гаднаас хулгайлчихлаа. Тусгай онгоц нь одоо Нисэх др бгаа. Туркт аваачаад шоронд хийнэ,олон жилээр сураггүй алга бно. Өөр улсуудад ч бас ингэж бгаа.Диктатур төр ийм бдаг даа.
— Bulgan Bayasgalant (@bulganbay) July 27, 2018
URGENT: Veysel Akcay, a Turkish teacher living in Mongolia for over 24 years, is abducted by some "unknown" men this morning infront of his house in Ulaan Baatar,Mongolia. He has been brought to airport and private airplane is waiting at the airport for deportation. @hrw @amnesty
— Human Rights Turkey (@HumanRightsTR) July 27, 2018
— OllooMN (@wwwolloomn) July 27, 2018
Нэмэлт мэдээлэл! Б.Ганбат: Вейсел Акчай захирлыг Туркийн тагнуулынхан хулгайлсан гэж таамаглаж байна https://t.co/atNmYytnef
— Newspress.mn (@Newspressmn) July 27, 2018
Veysel Akcay, a Turkish teacher livin in Mongolia for over 24 years, is abducted by some "unknown" men this morning in Ulaan Baatar.
Whereabouts is unknown.
Please help!@RebHarms@UNHumanRights pic.twitter.com/YHVvK6xcyd
— Abdullah Sinan (@ciftler76) July 27, 2018
The fact that Turkish teacher has been abducted and transported to Chinggis Khaan airport for deportation via a private plane by Turkish Airlines is outrageous. It offends citizens of Mongolia. We are a democratic country. And we respect human rights. pic.twitter.com/nh10fG5o9G
— Mukhit B. (@mukhit) July 27, 2018
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