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It has been claimed that Turkey demands the return of Ismail Ersözoğlu.

Republic of Turkey is not letting go of members of Gülen Movement residing in Ukraine.


It has been informed that Dr. Ismail Ersözoğlu is listed as a senior executive of Gülen Movement  among the 10 people, that are demanded of Ukraine to be returned to Turkey.

Ukrainian media on July 17 2018 based on security sources published a list of 10 Turkish citizens including journalists, teachers and businessmen as being the next targets of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT).

Off of the MIT’s target list of the 10 Turks only Hasan Hüseyin Kes, Umit Karagözlü, Gökhan Demir, Gökhan Yahşi and Yunus Erdogdu’s names had been published. Out of the remaining 5 names, Ismail Ersözoğlu’s name has been leaked to the media.

Within the past 3 months, to Ismail Ersözoğlu’s place of residence in Turkey, police have visited a few times with a capture and arrest warrant.

Out of the list published last year, Hasan Hüseyin Kes and Umit Karagozlu have departed from Ukraine. It has been recorded that the others listed could not depart due to the restrictions placed on their passport by the Republic of Turkey.

In July of 2018 Ukraine has handed journalists Yusuf İnan and Salih Zeki Yiğit over to Turkey.

Former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and President of Turkey Recep Tayip Erdogan agreed to return all the people associated with Gülen.

On 03 November 2018, in Istanbul Erdogan and Poroshenko had a meeting. Erdogan told that; “I am of the belief that we will continue the cooperation in the future as well so as to fully remove the FETO presence in Ukraine.”


Graduate of Turkey’s most distinguished University of Bogazichi’s Math Teaching Department (1998) İsmail Ersözoğlu started his teaching career in 1998 in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s city of Bihać, in Una-Sana College. Upon working in Bosnia as a math teacher for 2 years, he pursued his career in Ukraine, Odessa starting from 2000. 13 years in Odessa’s Chernomorsky Lyceum he worked as a teacher, vice principal and general director. From 2013 and on he was in the managing/administrative position in Meridian International School. In South Ukrainian National Pedagogical University he completed his doctorate on education.


Back in Turkey, Erdogan has vowed to “cleanse” his country of its Gulen-linked enemies. His government has dismissed some 140,000 public servants and investigated on alleged terrorism charges more than 600,000 people. More than 50,000 have reportedly been formally charged and kept in jail during trial.

Today, Turkish police teams detained 33 individuals in an operation based in the western province of İzmir against alleged followers of the Gülen movement.

On 18’th of June, Turkish prosecutors in İzmir, Konya and Ankara provinces issued detention warrants for 168 people as part of a post-coup crackdown targeting followers of the faith-based Gülen movement.

Meanwhile, Ankara’s campaign to round up alleged Gulen supporters anywhere in the world has expanded.

“If not today, then tomorrow, one day every member of the FETO traitors’ front will pay for his treason against the country and the nation,” Erdogan told a congress of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) a year ago.

The Turkish-led crackdown has already prompted school closures and more than 100 people being plucked from at least 18 countries.

By Yunus Erdoğdu |

Twitter: @erdogduy



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