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March 30, 2018

Adil Öksüz was top military Gülenist – ex-Zaman reporter

29 March 2018

A former Ankara reporter for the Gülen-movement linked newspaper Zaman has claimed that disappeared theology lecturer Adil Öksüz was the Gülenist in charge of the movement’s entire structure of cells within the military.

“Adil Öksüz is known as the (group’s) air forces ‘imam’. No. In fact he was made the imam of the entirety of the Turkish Armed Forces in 2015,” Ahmet Dönmez, who works for the movement-connected think-tank Stockholm Centre for Freedom and news website Tr247, said.

Öksüz was a senior figure within the Gülen movement, or as the Turkish government calls it the Gülenist Terror Organisation (FETÖ), and has been accused of masterminding a failed July 2016 coup. He was released after his capture at the Akıncı military base, from where the coup was believed to have been launched, two days after the coup and was last seen two further days later.

Dönmez suggested that there was a wing from within the Gülen movement that carried out the coup, and that remaining members should form a “self-critical” community. 

“Who cleared the territory for Öksüz before (the failed coup attempt of) July 15? How were those who could have stopped Öksüz, who would not allow this coup attempt, who could have stopped the plot, and who could have seen the trap eliminated?”

In addition, Dönmez cast doubt on how easily Öksüz travelled at a time when the Gülen movement was being carefully monitored in Turkey – and how he travelled to the United States three times with Turkish Airlines, which the group had taken the decision to boycott, in the six months preceding the coup attempt.

However, he said, Öksüz should not be used as a scapegoat for the coup plotters.

“There are those who acted together with Öksüz to the last day and who are now still active in the community overseas,” he said.

“(Gülen’s) assertion that ‘If some of our people joined (the coup) they have betrayed (the movement)’ should not be left in the air. At the very start (the movement) should have launched an internal investigation.”

Dönmez maintains that "Gülen knows everything. He made the necessary assessments. However, he cannot air his grievances. As I have mentioned, that is his Achilles' heel. That’s why it cannot be blasted away. There is some kind of embarrassment there, I think."

There is an ever-growing criticism within the Gulenists since the failed coup attempt of 2016. The Gulenists still deny they were the main actor behind the attempt, but they admit that members of the movement were involved.

Here Dönmez confirms for the first time as an insider that Adil Öksüz was a very important actor within the movement, and that he was responsible for the group's most secretive structure.

There is an ever-growing criticism within Gulenists since the failed coup of 2016. Gulenists deny they were the main actor behind the attempt. Source


A former Ankara reporter for the Gülen-movement linked newspaper Zaman has claimed that disappeared theology lecturer Adil Öksüz was the Gülenist in charge of the movement’s entire structure of cells within the military.

“Adil Öksüz is known as the (group’s) air forces ‘imam’. No. In fact he was made the imam of the entirety of the Turkish Armed Forces in 2015,” Ahmet Dönmez, who works for the movement-connected think-tank Stockholm Centre for Freedom and news website Tr247, said.

 


Adil Öksüz is wanted by Turkish authorities and was on their "Most Wanted" list in the red category in January 2017.
Any person providing information to Turkish authorities leading to the arrest of people in the red category will be granted a reward of up to TL 4 million.
Öksüz is accused of being the head of the movement’s alleged network within the air force and was briefly detained after the coup attempt. There is widespread controversy and suspicion regarding his involvement in the coup attempt and his ties to the Gülen movement. (7)

The FETÖ imam of the Air Force, Adil Öksüz, has been missing since his release the day after the July 15 coup attempt.
(6)


Presence of Gülen-linked civilians at the Akıncılar Air base in Ankara during the plot attempt

During operations countering the plot, Adil Öksüz, a professor of theology at Sakarya University was apprehended at the Akıncılar military air base in Ankara. He is known to be the one of the “imam”s of the group. (1)



Turkey put senior figures from the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) onto a most wanted list of terrorists in an effort to locate the fugitives after the cult's coup attempt on July 15.

Authorities are offering up to TL 4 million($1.3 million) for tip-offs for the capture of Adil Öksüz, one of the alleged masterminds of the putsch.

Adil Öksüz, a top Gülenist figure who is the prime suspect in the plot to take over the state in the coup attempt, is in the "red" category of the list where terror suspects with the highest awards for their capture are included. Öksüz, a theology lecturer by profession, is the alleged "imam" or point man, for FETÖ's members in the Turkish Air Forces and is accused of masterminding the coup with Gülenist generals.

Öksüz was detained after the foiled coup attempt at Akıncı Air Base in Ankara, which the coup plotters attempted to use as its headquarters.

He was among three civilians found in and around the base after the coup attempt was quelled, but in a controversial verdict, was released by judges only hours after his detention. Authorities have launched an inquiry into the possible links of judges releasing Öksüz to FETÖ. He remains at large and is believed to have fled abroad. Yeni Şafak, a Turkish daily, claimed yesterday that Öksüz was brought to İncirlik air base in southern Turkey where U.S. troops are deployed and was "flown abroad" by a plane leaving the base, following the coup attempt.

Reports say that Öksüz has been working with and received orders regarding FETÖ's military activity from Mustafa Özcan, who is known to be the country-wide leader of FETÖ. (2)


The  security forces on Thursday detained one of the key figures leading to the capture of Adil Öksüz, a senior Gülenist at large in southern İzmir province as the suspect was about to flee the country.

Zübeyir Öksüz, the nephew of Adil Öksüz was captured by police officers at Izmir's Adnan Menderes Airport right before fleeing the country. The security forces also conducted a search at Öksüz's home.

Adil Öksüz was captured at the Akıncı air base in the capital Ankara, the command center of the coup plotters, after authorities quelled the putsch attempt.

Öksüz is in the "red" category on the most wanted terrorists list of the Interior Ministry, which includes terror suspects with the highest rewards for their capture. He is considered an "army imam," one of the point men carrying out Gülen's orders to seize power in Turkey and coordinate infiltration efforts in key posts. (3) 


Öksüz, originally a theology lecturer, is in the "red" category on the most wanted terrorists list of the Interior Ministry, which includes terror suspects with the highest rewards for their capture. He is considered an "army imam," one of the point men in a higher rank than "brother", carrying out Gülen's orders to seize power in Turkey and coordinate infiltration efforts in key posts.

He is accused of planning the coup attempt in secret meetings with military officers in the capital Ankara days before putschists moved to seize power and killed 248 people confronting them. He later had the approval of Fetullah Gülen for the plans a few days before the putsch. (4)  


'GÜLEN AT TOP OF PYRAMID, KNOWS THE MOST CONFIDENTIAL THINGS'Talking about the FETÖ's structure, Gülerce said Gülen is at the top of the pyramid and is the only one who knows the most confidential things.
According to Gülerce, there are only two people around Gülen who have the privilege to know about some of the most confidential information. "Osman Şimşek and Cevdet Türkyolu know what Gülen has always been up to," he added.

Explaining that Gülen has "strictly confidential henchmen" in Turkey, Gülerce said these men, who are called imams, deal with the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), police and judiciary. "Adil Öksüz and Mustafa Özcan are only two of the imams. There are plenty," he added.

Öksüz allegedly started holding meetings with the FETÖ junta planning the coup six months before the July 15 attempt, relaying Gülen's instructions on how to carry it out. Öksüz was the only civilian at the Akıncı Air Base, from which jets manned by coup pilots took off to hit strategic locations, and the FETÖ allegedly organized the attempt. (5)


(1) http://meshed.bk.mfa.gov.tr/Default.aspx

(2) www.dailysabah.com/war-on-terror/2016/10/25/turkey-offers-13-million-reward-for-information-on-fugitive-feto-coup-leader

(3) www.dailysabah.com/investigations/2016/12/01/nephew-of-top-feto-figure-captured-in-southern-turkey-before-fleeing

(4) www.dailysabah.com/investigations/2016/12/21/fetos-point-men-infiltrators-in-the-army-face-new-crackdown

(5) www.dailysabah.com/war-on-terror/2016/08/10/gulen-feto-work-together-with-us-receive-professional-help-from-cia

(6) www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2016/08/22/gulenist-imams-find-sanctuaries-around-the-world-1471825296- Published August 21, 2016

(7) https://www.turkishminute.com/2016/10/26/gulen-linked-figures-made-target-potential-attacks-ministrys-terror-list-move/?utm_content=buffer3e128&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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