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Wife of Turkish journalist Yusuf Inan who was extradited from Ukraine to Turkey on July 15, says her husband was arrested and sent to Turkey illegally.
Inan was wanted in Turkey as a member of the opposition movement led by Fethullah Gulen, a U.S.-based preacher and opposition leader whom Ankara blames for the coup attempt in 2016.
He was arrested and sent to Turkey just three days after another alleged member of Turkish opposition living in Ukraine, Imam Salih Zeki Yigit, was extradited to Turkey in the same abrupt fashion that suggested a violation of the regular extradition procedures.
While Ukrainian authorities don’t comment on the extraditions, Inan’s wife Kateryna Inan says those were the State Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) officers who arrested her husband.
Inan leads the news website opposition to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and favorable for Gulen.
Kateryna Inan told the Kyiv Post by phone that her husband had a residency permit in Ukraine which he got after they married in 2015. They lived in Mykolayiv, a city in southern Ukraine some 480 kilometers from Kyiv, where Inan was earning his living by breeding sheep at the farm near the city.
She said that on July 12, three SBU officers arrived at his farm, showed their IDs and said he was wanted in Izmir, his hometown in Turkey. Inan doesn’t speak Russian, so he couldn’t understand their demands and called his wife and the police.
Along with the police arrived another SBU car, where three masked SBU officers arrested Inan by force and “pushed him into the car like a dog,” the woman said.