Top ranking FETÖ suspect captured in overseas operation

ANADOLU AGENCY
ANKARA
Published 19.10.2019 10:24
Updated 19.10.2019 10:36
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A high-ranking suspect acting as the so-called "imam" of Mexico for the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) Osman Karaca was arrested by the Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MIT) overseas and brought to Turkey, security sources said on Saturday.

Karaca was arrested on charges of ''founding and masterminding an armed terrorist organization,'' said the source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

FETÖ and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gülen orchestrated the defeated coup on July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

Ankara also accuses FETÖ of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

FETÖ is accused of planting its members everywhere, from the police to the judiciary, the army and bureaucracy for years. Disguising their ties to the group, followers managed to rise to the top ranks. They became generals in the army and senior police chiefs. Through its "imams," FETÖ monitored the infiltrators and gave them orders. These so-called imams are often unassuming figures, such as a shopkeeper in a small town or a teacher, but they held immense power in the group, sometimes over police chiefs, generals and high-ranking bureaucrats.

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