Fierce billionaire opposition politician abducted in Nairobi found in Turkey

DCI Headquarters in Nairobi

Fierce Nairobi-based opposition politician and Turkish billionaire Selahaddin Gulen who was kidnapped in Nairobi has been found in Turkey

Gulen who is considered to be a rival of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan went missing in Nairobi last month, prompting a search before eventually surfacing in Turkey.

His lawyer Jotham Arwa divulged that Gulen was rushing to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters along Kiambu Road before he was reported missing last month.

Selahaddin Gulen is wanted in Turkey in connection to a failed coup in 2016 that almost toppled Tayyip Erdoğan’s administration.

He is the nephew of another wanted US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen who is also linked with the same attempted coup.

Turkey’s Anadolu news agency published a photograph of Selahaddin Gulen in handcuffs, flanked on both sides by Turkish flags on  Monday, May 31.

Selahaddin arrived in Kenya in October 2020 and was taken in by immigration officials due to his red alert status issued by Interpol for a purported child molestation case.

He was taken to court but was set free after filing an affidavit which indicated that he was acquitted of the child molestation charges in 2008, an indication that he is afree man.

Fierce billionaire opposition politician abducted in Nairobi found in Turkey

Upon his release, he was directed to report to the DCI headquarters on a regular basis.

“It was a requirement of his bail that he should appear every Monday to confirm that he was still within the jurisdiction,” the lawyer said in an interview with Turkey’s Anadolu news agency.

The family is associated with many educational institutions globally including six that are operational in Kenya operating under the name of Light Academy and Light International School.

In 2016, Kenya declined a request to close down the six schools associated with Gulen.

Selahaddin and his wife Serriye work as teachers in Kenya.

Upon his disappearance, his wife said in a video on social media that her husband had gone missing in Nairobi in early May.

Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Monday that Selahaddin who is wanted in Turkey on charges of membership of a terror organisation, and was seized in an operation by Turkey’s national spy agency MIT.

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