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Abducted Nairobi-based billionaire found in Turkey

Turkish billionaire Selahaddin Gulen who was kidnapped while heading to the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) headquarters along Kiambu Road has been found in Turkey.  

Turkey’s security services have admitted to having kidnapped the tycoon and flew him to Turkey after he was accused of being a member of the outlawed Fetullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO).  .

“The Turkish intelligence captured a member of FETO abroad and brought him back to Turkey.

“Mr Selahaddin Gulen who is a relative of FETO’s ringleader Fetullah Gulen fled abroad with help of the group’s covert structure,” Turkey’s National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) stated. 

His uncle, Fettullah Gulen was also accused of orchestrating a failed military coup in Turkey in 2016 which claimed the lives of 251 people and injured over 2,000 citizens.  

The US declined to extradite Selahaddin’s uncle and cleric, Fettulah Gulen, citing the Turkish authorities’ lack of evidence under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Selahaddin has been battling against his extradition through a lawsuit filed at the Kiambu Law Courts. Turkey wanted him extradited over child molestation allegations. 

In his affidavit, the billionaire argued that the real motive behind the plan was the ties with his uncle.

“It is suspected that my uncle may have supported the coup. Turkish authorities began a crackdown on all the people who were directly or indirectly related to Fetullah Gulen. His relatives in Turkey were arrested on fictitious criminal charges and are serving long prison sentences.” Gulen said.

Kiambu Law Courts put on hold plans to fly him to Turkey and was set to issue a ruling on the matter later on. It further summoned Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to address the judge over the billionaire’s whereabouts. 

Selahaddin’s wife, Serriye Gulen, in May 2021, recorded a video pleaded with Turkish and Kenyan authorities to safely return her husband. Serriye is a teacher at a school in Nairobi. 

“He was kidnapped by a group of anonymous people and taken to an unknown place, I have not heard from him since that day,” Serriye stated. 

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    Written by Kennedy Omondi

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