Foreign minister says diplomatic note passed to Germany asking for investigation into presence of Adil Oksuz
Turkey has asked Germany to investigate media reports that a key suspect in last year’s attempted coup is living in the country, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Wednesday.
Adil Oksuz is said to be the civilian leader of air force personnel loyal to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), which Ankara accuses of staging the July 15 putsch attempt.
“Some reports have come out recently about the presence of FETO fugitive Adil Oksuz in Germany and even his whereabouts,” Cavusoglu told state broadcaster TRT.
“As the Foreign Ministry, we issued a diplomatic note to Germany.”
He said Turkey had called for Berlin to arrest and extradite Oksuz if he is found to be in Germany.
The diplomatic request was sent to the German Foreign Ministry from the Turkish embassy in Berlin.
Last week, Turkish newspapers claimed Oksuz had been seen in February in Frankfurt and Ulm by Turkish residents.
The Yeni Safak newspaper reported that he had applied for asylum in the southern state of Baden-Wurttemberg.
The theology professor is alleged to be the “imam” to FETO members in the air force and a key link between U.S.-based FETO leader Fetullah Gulen and the coup plotters in Turkey.
Both Oksuz and Gulen are being tried in absentia in a case involving 486 defendants accused of helping orchestrate the coup bid from Akinci air force base north of Ankara.
Oksuz and another defendant, businessman Kemal Batmaz, were allegedly caught on camera returning to Istanbul from the U.S. two days before the attempted takeover. Authorities say they had visited Gulen in Pennsylvania to discuss the plot.
Both men were arrested near Akinci on July 16 but Oksuz was released and then disappeared.