Deputy says purge victim missing for 3 days may have been abducted

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Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, deputy, in parliament.

Yusuf Bilge Tunç, a former civil servant who was fired from Turkey’s Defense Ministry, has been missing since Tuesday, according to Turkish deputy Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, who raised concerns that Tunç might have been abducted as has happened in a number of other cases.

Six men who were the subjects of Gülen-movement-related investigations went missing in February. Four of them showed up in police custody 12 days ago.

Families and lawyers say they were silent about their previous whereabouts, stressing that they might have been abducted and tortured by security officials.

Gökhan Türkmen and Mustafa Yılmaz, who were also abducted in February, are still missing.

Turkey accuses the Gülen movement of orchestrating a 2016 coup attempt, although it strongly denies any involvement.

Since 2016, at least 24 Gülen-linked individuals have gone missing.

Two of the abducted Gülen followers told Correctiv, a non-profit investigative newsroom in Europe, they had been subjected to torture and ill treatment by intelligence officers at a secret site in Ankara.

In the aftermath of the failed coup, some 140,000 public servants were dismissed by government decrees over alleged terrorism links.

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