HDP deputy reports another abduction of Turkish national

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Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy and human rights activist Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu on Sunday said another Turkish national was abducted by Turkey’s intelligence agency in February, based on a report to him from the victim’s family.

Erkan Irmak, 43, was allegedly kidnapped in front of his house in İstanbul on the night of Feb. 16, and his family has been unable to reach him since, Gergerlioğlu tweeted.

“Neither the police nor the prosecutor has given an explanation! The country has gone off the rails. [Interior Ministry], why are you silent?” he said.

The first abduction last month came to light on Feb. 6 in Antalya province when Gökhan Türkmen was reported missing by his family.

Yasin Ugan and Özgür Koca were kidnapped in broad daylight on Feb. 13 from their apartment building in Ankara, according to Ugan’s wife.

Computer technician Salim Zeybek was abducted on Feb. 21, his wife announced on Twitter.

There have been many abduction cases in Turkey since a July 15, 2016 failed coup, targeting supporters of the faith-based Gülen movement. The government holds the movement responsible for the abortive putsch and has cracked down on its real and alleged followers. The movement strongly denies any involvement in the attempt.

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