Kosovo’s Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj has apologized for saying that what happened should not be repeated.
Our correspondent has met family members to the deported men who are now imprisoned in Turkey.
– They say it was a mistake. I miss words, says Mustafa Günakan, son of one of the deported teachers, a chemist who has worked at a Turkish school in Kosovo for over 10 years.
Together with two other school staff, he was put on a Thursday morning at the end of March in prison in the middle of the school yard and was taken to the airport in the capital Pristina. There awaited Turkish security service who flew them to Turkey, where they are accused of terrorism.
The schools they worked in Kosovo have ties to the Gülen movement, which, according to Turkey’s leadership, was behind the failed coup attempt in the summer two years ago. Since then tens of thousands of teachers, journalists and others have been arrested and imprisoned in Turkey, accused of joining the movement. The criticism from the outside world has been tough.
In Kosovo, the reactions became strong and the day after the deportation of the six teachers, the country’s interior minister and the security service chief were fired. Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj claimed that he was not informed and resembled what happened in the event of a kidnapping.
The EU, as Kosovo wants to join, has also strongly criticized what happened and the Kosovo Parliament has appointed an investigation to find out what went wrong.
For Kosovo’s leadership , the issue is sensitive, on the one hand, it is possible to live up to the EU’s legal certainty, on the other hand, the ties, politically and economically, to Turkey are strong.
To Sweden’s radio, Bekim Collaku, President Hashim Thaci’s closest man, said that it was not a mistake at all. The six men posed threats to the country’s security, he says, and mentions spying and money laundering.
But, he says, it was not at the request of Turkey they were expelled, we do not allow anyone else to settle in our business, says Bekim Collaku.
It believes Mustafa and Sevda Günakan , children of one of the deported teachers, not at all. And they do not expect to see their dad in a very long time. It does not matter if he is innocent or not, says Sevda.