Students from Mehmet Akif College in Kosovo are protesting on Thursday, March 29, 201
PRISTINA, Kosovo – The Kosovar Prime Minister dismissed both on Friday The Minister of the Interior and the secret service chief secretly deported five Turkish teachers and a Turkish doctor without his permission.
Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said that Minister of the Interior Flamur Sefaj and head of the country's secret service, Driton Gashi, had not told him anything about their decision. The six men were arrested, lost their residence permit for Kosovo and were deported on Thursday and arrested on arrival in Ankara.
Haradinaj told the legislators that the deportations were a "violation of the hierarchy of decision-making" was a bilateral operation of the intelligence services of both countries.
"This is an institutional precedent that should not happen in the future," he said.
Turkish teachers work with schools run by Fethullah Gülen, a cleric The government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is making a coup attempt two years ago. Gülen has rejected the allegations.
Tens of thousands of alleged Gülen supporters have been arrested in Turkey since the coup attempt in July 2016 or have lost their jobs. Many have proclaimed their innocence.
Turkish media, however, described the six deported Turks as members of the Gülen terrorist group in the Balkans.
Erdogan celebrated on Friday the role of his country's secret police in the deportations, according to the state Anadolu Agency
"Our national intelligence agency brought six high-level FETO representatives in the Balkans back to Turkey in cooperation with the Kosovar intelligence service"
The deportations have been criticized by human rights groups US ambassadors and students in Kosovo
The New York human rights organization Human Rights Watch described the deportation and arrest of Turks as "a callous disregard for human rights and the rule of law".
The US Ambassador to Pristina, Greg Delawie, wrote on Twitter that "transparency and commitment to a fair trial and the rule of law are crucial."
Gulistan student protests – Educational institutions in Kosovo protested Friday in Pristina, the capital, with banners supporting their former teachers.
Leutrim Syla, a lawyer for one of the deported Turks, said they had no information about the men since their arrest in Ankara.
"We are really worried about their well-being or their lives," he said.
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