Kosovo deported six Turkish nationals under hazy circumstances in March 2018. All say they are innocent of ‘terrorism’ charges in Turkey, but one wasn’t even supposed to be on the plane.
A year after the controversial deportation of six Turkish nationals from Kosovo, accused by Turkey of links to the man it says was behind a failed coup in 2016, their families continue to protest their innocence.
But the children of one of the men feel especially aggrieved – their father wasn’t even among those sought by Turkey. A case of mistaken identity means he faces spending the next 30 years in prison.
“To me, it was so dark,” the son of Hasan Hysein Gunakan said of the period in March 2018 when Gunakan and five other Turks were picked up by Kosovo security agencies, swiftly handed over to Turkish intelligence and flown to Turkey in apparent violation of deportation rules.