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Orhan Inandi’s case: Detention of defendant extended

Term of detention of the director of Sapat international educational institution, Orhan Inandi, kidnapped by the special services of Turkey, has been extended. Sabah newspaper reports.

Hearing of the Orhan Inandi’s case began in Ankara. It was attended by the accused himself and his lawyer. The defendant had previously participated in an online hearing due to health conditions.

The director of Sapat is accused of «running an armed terrorist organization.» He faces imprisonment from 15 to 22.5 years for this. The prosecution demanded the maximum possible punishment.

In his speech, Orhan Inandi told how he was brought to Turkey. Details are not provided in the article. He further noted that «he learned about the so-called «Hizmet» movement, which is considered a terrorist organization in Turkey, in his student years, and since 1995 he began to work for the network of educational institutions Sebat.

«Then he said that since then he has lived in Kyrgyzstan, being a citizen of the host country. Inandi noted that he did not expect that he would be delivered to Turkey,» the newspaper says.

At the same time, Orhan Inandi stressed that he had not betrayed his country and was ready to give his life for it.

After the defendant’s speech, the judge announced that Orhan Inandi’s detention was extended until February 3, 2022.

On July 5, 2021, the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on the air of the state TV channel TRT Haber that Orhan Inandi, one of the so-called top leaders of FETO, had been captured and taken to Turkey.

Orhan Inandi went missing on May 31, 2021. The wife of the president of Sapat international educational institution Reihan Inandi appealed to the president Sadyr Japarov four times with a request to help in search for her husband.

On July 6, the President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov said in an interview that the government would demand Inandi’s prompt return to Kyrgyzstan.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry of Kyrgyzstan submitted a diplomatic note to the Turkish Ambassador, Ahmet Sadik Dogan, asking Turkey to return Inandi to Kyrgyzstan.

The Main Internal Affairs Department of Bishkek reported that Orhan Inandi, director of Sapat, has dual citizenship.

He was taken into custody by the decision of Ankara court. Later, he told in court how he was tortured at the police station. The Prosecutor General’s Office asked to sentence Orhan Inandi to 22 years and 6 months in prison.