Orçun Şenyücel, a former public employee who was dismissed from his job at the Competition Authority in 2016, has been abducted by an unknown group of people, according to one of his parents.
“My son Orçun ŞENYÜCEL who was dismissed under a post-coup government decree in 2016, was abducted after being forced into a black Transporter [van] in Ankara’s Turkkonut district at 00.04 on April 21, 2018,” a Twitter account believed to be that of his parent said.
“My son was only a dismissed public employee. He has never been tried or convicted of any charges. I am worried for his life, help me,” said the tweet.
Video footage believed to show Şenyücel’s abduction was shared by the same Twitter account on Monday.
Şenyücel, a father of two, worked as an expert at the Competition Authority until his dismissal over alleged links to the Gülen movement, which the Turkish government accuses of masterminding a failed coup on July 15, 2016. The group denies any involvement.
13 people reported abducted in Turkey since 2016 failed coup
Mysterious disappearances involving already-victimized opposition groups have become a common occurrence in Turkey in the aftermath of the coup attempt.
At least 13 people have been alleged to have been abducted so far. Those not seen for quite some time mostly have in common in their personal histories that they have lost their jobs amid a sweeping crackdown the Turkish government has conducted against its critics, particularly members of the Gülen movement.
More than 150,000 people have lost their jobs, some 150,000 have been detained and about 80,000 of them were have been put in pretrial detention over Gülen ties.
Journalist Cem Küçük, a staunch supporter of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, suggested during a live TV program that Turkish intelligence should kill family members of jailed Gülenists in order to turn the inmates into operatives for the Erdoğan regime.
Speaking during the TV show along with his program partner journalist Fuat Uğur, Küçük said Israeli intelligence agency MOSSAD had killed family members of Palestinian, Jordanian and Egyptian inmates to make them MOSSAD operatives.