Justice Minister: Coup Plotter Gülen Searching For New Safe Haven
Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ said Tuesday in a press meeting that he has gained intelligence that members of the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) are searching for a suitable country to shelter their leader, Fetullah Gülen, in.
On July 28, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ pointed out Mexico, Canada, Egypt, Australia and South Africa as the main destinations Gülen is considering moving to. Meanwhile, Philip Gordon, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and former White House coordinator for the Middle East, said last week in a panel that the U.S. downplayed the coup attempt.
Gordon said on Sept. 26 during a Policy Forum held by The Washington Institute that many in Turkey felt betrayed by the U.S. due to the lack of timely support against the Gülenist coup attempt, while he also acknowledged the danger of FETÖ and that the group’s members had infiltrated into state institutions. The failed July 15 coup attempt, which left 241 people dead and nearly 2,200 injured, was organized by Gülen’s followers, who has lived in self-imposed exile on a 400-acre property in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania since 1999. Gülen has led a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.