Two wanted FETÖ suspects sighted in US

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Published 30.07.2018 00:31
Updated 30.07.2018 00:33

Anadolu Agency (AA) has captured the luxurious lives of two Turkish businessmen in California, who are being sought by Turkey over their links to Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) that is behind the July 2016 coup attempt.

Osman Nakiboğlu and his son Bahaeddin are members of the Nakiboğlu family in southeastern Turkey's Gaziantep province; they used to own the Naksan Holding that comprises of more than 50 companies operating in various sectors such industry, energy, construction and transportation. A Gaziantep court appointed a trustee board at Naksan Holding after the coup attempt two years ago and several members of the family are jailed and on trial for links to FETÖ.

The Nakiboğlu family is known to be a long-time supporter of FETÖ and has been accused of transferring large sums of money to the group through its Naksan Holding. The father-and-son pair, who have assumed various leadership positions at the Naksan-linked companies, fled to the U.S. in 2014.

The pair currently leads a life of luxury at a $2.5-million townhouse called "The Islands," which has water views and is in Foster City, California in San Mateo County. The father reportedly fled with $22 million obtained through sales of assets in Gaziantep and later launched a business in Silicon Valley. Named "Innoworld," the company is involved in providing rental premises for entrepreneurs. The duo is said to be providing consultancy and logistical support to FETÖ members who fled Turkey following the defeated coup. Also, Osman and Bahaeddin are among 25 suspects charged with "managing an armed terror organization, financing terrorism, whitewashing incomes originating from crimes and opposing tax law" by the Gaziantep Chief Public Prosecutor's Office.

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