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Bosnian court releases Gülen-linked teacher facing deportation

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A Bosnian court has ruled for the release of Fatih Keskin, the principal of Una-Sana College, part of the Gülen-affiliated Richmond Park Schools Group, who was detained by the Bosnian police on Dec. 4, Bold Medya reported.

Keskin was requested to appear at a police station in Bihać city by the Ministry of Interior of the Una-Sana Canton from where he was transferred to a detention center for migrants in the capital city of Sarajevo to start the deportation process.

Following days of uncertainty, a Bosnian court ruled for the release of Keskin, who is a Turkish national but holds permanent residency in Bosnia. The court also rejected a request for cancellation of Keskin’s residence permit.

The court’s decision came shortly after Keskin took legal action against his detention, which he said was politically motivated.

Keskin’s detention came hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan hinted at new operations to capture Gülenists living in Europe before he left for London to attend a summit.

Ankara accuses Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish cleric living in self-exile in the US, of orchestrating a 2016 coup attempt, a claim that is strongly denied by the movement.

In March 2018 Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT) with the cooperation of Kosovar authorities detained six Turkish nationals, who were then taken to Turkey, where they were arrested.

As of March 2019, a total of 107 people with alleged links to the movement have been brought to Turkey since the failed 2016 coup, following extradition requests for 504 people sent to 91 countries, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

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