Published August 21, 2016
Over the last few years, hundreds of FETÖ members fled abroad after being informed by moles within the police and judiciary of impending arrest. Some of the most senior FETÖ operatives have found sanctuary in surprising places
Taking their cue from fugitive Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) leader Fethullah Gülen, who is residing in Pennsyvania, U.S., his disciples are known to flee at the first sign of trouble. Having infiltrated key state institutions, including the judiciary, military and Police Department, many FETÖ moles have fled to the unlikeliest places over the years in order not to face justice. Below are the latest known locations where these fugitives according to intelligence gathered.
According to prosecutors' and court reports, there are some 4,000 fugitive FETÖ members who have fled overseas to escape arrest and trial. Most FETÖ members are state servants with supposedly tight budgets, but once one considers the estimated minimum $150 billion in FETÖ wealth, questions over how they can afford to spend months and even years abroad is answered.
MOST ARE IN U.S.
The imam of the Police Department, Osman Hilmi Özdil, known within FETÖ by the alias Ömer from Kozan, is known to have been at the Istanbul offices of Zaman daily a day before the judicial coup attempt on Dec. 17, 2013. According to records, he left Turkey on Feb. 5, 2014 and at one time was seen in Thailand.
He is now believed to have made his way to Europe.
MEDIA WING IN THE U.S.
Fuat Avni, a group of FETÖ members who have waged a campaign of disinformation under this moniker on Twitter, is headed by Aydğan Vatandaş, who has been residing in the U.S. for several years.
PROSECUTORS IN GERMANY