Turkey puts $12.8 million bounty on FETO fugitives

09:19 PM | 5 Feb, 2019
Turkey puts $12.8 million bounty on FETO fugitives
ANKARATurkey on Tuesday put a $12.8 million bounty on dozens of Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) fugitives, the group behind the 2016 defeated coup.

Seventy-four fugitive FETO ex-soldiers were added to the the Interior Ministry's wanted list on Tuesday with 12 in the top category.

One putschist was included in the orange and 61 others were added to the gray category in the wanted list.

The wanted list is divided into five color-coded categories, with red as the most wanted, followed by blue, green, orange and gray.

Suspect Ali Kalyoncu, an ex-Turkish brigadier general, was placed in the red category of the wanted list with a 4-million-Turkish-lira bounty (approx. $770,560).

Regarded as a senior figure, Kalyoncu was in capital Ankara on July 15, 2016 to command armed tanks and armored vehicles to occupy many critical spots including the headquarters of the Turkish General Staff.

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Another fugitive former military officer is among the top wanted terrorists, ex-Brig. Gen. Mehmet Nail Yigit ordered putschists on July 15 to arrest several politicians including former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and ex-deputy premier Numan Kurtulmus.

Ahmet Zeki Gerehan, a former colonel, and Burkay Karatepe, an ex-captain, have been named in the red category.

Karatepe was part of a team assigned to assassinate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Ex-majors, who escaped to Greece following the coup bid, Gencay Boyuk and Ahmet Guzel, former captains Abdullah Yetik, Feridun Coban, Suleyman Ozkaynakci and Ugur Ucan and ex-sergeants Bilal Kurugul and Mesut Firat were also placed in the red category.

They have on them a 4-million-Turkish-lira (approx. $770,560) bounty each. Another fugitive Ismail Sari was included in the orange category of the wanted list with a 600,000-Turkish-lira (approx. $115,450) bounty.

The remaining 61 putschists are now in the gray category and they have a 300,000-Turkish-lira (approx. $57,700) bounty each.

FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

Ankara accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.