Family members of one of the six arrested Turkish nationals who were arrested by the Kosovo Police and deported to Turkey suspected of their links with Fetullah Gulen’s movement, have left Kosovo and reportedly applied for asylum in Germany.
The arrest and deportation from Kosovo of the Turkish man Mustafa Erdem, principal of the college ‘Mehmet Akif” has forced his wife and two children to leave Kosovo and move to Germany when they have applied for asylum. The family lawyer of Erdem has confirmed the news. The German Embassy in Pristina said that they cannot confirm this information.
The daily Zeri reports that Mustafa Erdem’s wife and his two sons have arrived in Germany and reportedly they have already applied for asylum claiming that they do not feel safe in Kosovo.
Kosovo Authorities in cooperation with Turkish intelligence agency have arrested in March 2018 six Turkish nationals over alleged links to schools financed by the Gulen movement, which Ankara blames for a failed 2016 coup. The Prime Minister of Kosovo has dismissed minister of Interior and chief of Kosovo Intelligence Agency (KIA) stating that he was not informed of the operation. Also the Parliament of Kosovo has launched a probe related to the arrest of the Turkish men.