Georgian court extends imprisonment of Turkish educator Mustafa Emre Çabuk for 3 months

Turkish educator Mustafa Emre Çabuk.

A Tbilisi court in Georgia has extended the imprisonment of Mustafa Emre Çabuk, who is the principal of Özel Demirel Collge in the country, which is affiliated with the Gülen movement, for three more months on Wednesday as the process of his deportation to Turkey is continuing.

It was reported that the demand for extension of Çabuk’s imprisonment for 3 more months has came from the Georgia’s local Prosecutor Office. Çabuk, who was detained on the request of autocratic Erdoğan regime on May 23, 2017  and who was arrested on may 24, 2017, will stay prison until November 24, 2017. Georgian government has rejected Çabuk Family’s asylum demand on July 8, 2017. It is also reported that the process for his extradition to Turkey has continued.

Mustafa Emre Çabuk, a Turkish teacher with a valid Georgian residence permit, had been sent to prison by a Tbilisi court hours after he was detained by Georgian police upon a request by Turkish government, according to wife Tuba Çabuk. The Tbilisi court had decided to jail teacher Çabuk, the principal of Private Demirel College in Georgia.

Georgian police had detained Mustafa Emre Çabuk, a Turkish educator who has lived in Georgia and has served for Georgian people for last 15 years. The detention had came just a day after Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım’s visit to the country.

In a similar incident, Turkish educators Turgay Karaman and İsmet Özçelik, who were turned over to Turkey by Malaysian government under questionable circumstances with a total disregard to due process and fair trial protections, were arrested by a an Ankara court and put behind the bars over their alleged links with the Gülen movement on Wednesday.

It was also reported by pro-government news sources that businessman İhsan Aslan, who was also deported illegally from Kuala Lumpur by Malaysian government, was released by the same court under judicial probe.

Turgay Karaman, the principal of prestigious Time International School, İhsan Aslan, a member of Malaysian Turkish Chamber of Commerce And Industry and İsmet Özçelik, an academic who has been under protection by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), were detained by Malaysian officials in Kuala Lumpur and deported to Turkey on May 11.

The abductions, detentions and extraditions of three Turkish nationals in Malaysia as part of clandestine operation by Turkey’s state security services in cooperation with Malaysian police had exposed Turkish government’s extensive spying and profiling activities targeting critics of the authoritarian regime of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on foreign soil.

Alettin Duman, one of founders of Time International School, and Tamer Tıbık, the General Secretary of the Malaysian Turkish Chamber of Commerce And Industry, were abducted in Kuala Lumpur last year, only to appear in Turkish prison in Ankara months later after having gone through a terrible ordeal of torture and abuse at the hands of Malaysian and Turkish officials. The sixth person, mentioned by Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu as handed over to Turkey by Malaysia, still remains to be a mystery as of today.

Erdoğan started targeting US-based Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen and the Gülen movement openly after the corruption was exposed in December 2013 that incriminated the president and his family members, and later accused Gülen and the movement of being behind the failed coup of July 15, 2016 that he himself called as “gift from the God.”

Fethullah Gülen, however, rejected the accusations and has called for an independent international commission to be set up to investigate the coup attempt. The Turkish government has failed to present any evidence linking the movement to the abortive coup or any violence.

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