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Wife of Turkey's top coup suspect spotted in US

Anadolu Agency films Aynur Oksuz in Ridgefield district of New Jersey

Wife of Turkey's top coup suspect spotted in US



Anadolu Agency has filmed Aynur Oksuz, the wife of Turkey's most wanted coup attempt suspect Adil Oksuz, in the U.S. state of New Jersey.

She was recorded on film by Anadolu Agency correspondents shortly after the major coup attempt suspect Oksuz was allegedly spotted in the German capital Berlin.

According to the testimony of Aynur Oksuz's father, she had moved to the house of her brother, Abdulhadi Yildirim, along with her three children a month before the defeated coup of July 15, 2016.

"My daughter, the wife of Adil Oksuz, visited my son Abdulhadi Yildirim in the U.S. She did not come back later. I do not know the whereabouts of Adil Oksuz," the father, Cevat Yildirim, said.

Spotted at Yildirim's half-a-million dollars worth house, located on Clarke Ave in Ridgefield district, Oksuz was seen as driving a Chevrolet Cruze.

According to a police report, Aynur Oksuz, who also used ByLock -- the terror group’s encrypted messaging program, had provided financial aid to save Bank Asya -- the FETO-affiliated Bank Asya.

The bank's banking license was cancelled on July 22, 2016 -- seven days after the defeated coup -- by Turkey’s Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency.

Adil Oksuz

Adil Oksuz, a senior figure of Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), is accused of masterminding the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, in Turkey.

The 51-year old theology lecturer has been on the run for almost two years.

Turkish officials have repeatedly appealed to the German government to arrest and extradite Oksuz, after receiving dozens of tips, indicating that the key coup suspect was hiding in Germany.

Since November last year, German police has been actively looking for the chief coup suspect, but it has so far failed to find him, according to diplomatic sources.

Several witnesses recently told Anadolu Agency that Turkey’s most wanted man stayed at a small apartment in Berlin early this year under the protection of FETO members.

Ali A., a Berlin-based Turkish businessman with suspected ties to FETO, provided financial support for the group to rent the flat in Berlin’s Neukoelln district, witnesses have said.

In Germany, which is home to more than three million Turkish immigrants, FETO has a large network with dozens of private schools, businesses and media organizations.

Since the 2016 defeated coup attempt, nearly 4,000 FETO suspects have come to Germany from Turkey and other countries, according to local media reports.

Several FETO suspects, including former soldiers and diplomats, have applied for asylum in various German federal states.

Reporting by Ertugtul Cingil:Writing by Burcu Arik

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