Gülenist supect İpek detained in London on May 23, released on bail: UK
The British authorities have told Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency that Hamdi Akın İpek, a fugitive Turkish businessman wanted for suspected links to the Gülen network, was detained in London on May 23 but was later released on bail.
İpek, the former head of Koza İpek Holding, was detained upon Turkey’s demand and later appeared on a UK court on May 23, but was released on a bail of 50,000 pounds (roughly $66,000), Anadolu Agency reported on July 21.
In a means to prevent him from leaving the country during the judicial process, the British authorities have also seized İpek’s passport, the agency said.
İpek will appear in the UK court once again in September.
Meanwhile, the UK Interior Ministry has also confirmed that İpek was detained on May 23 and later released on bail, the agency said.
If the court finds the arrest warrant and the extradition request proper, the court’s decision is also implemented with FCO approval.
He is also facing 132 years in prison for setting up an armed terror group, military and political espionage, forging documents, and laundering money.
The Gülen network, which the Turkish authorities refer to as the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), and its U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen are widely believed to have orchestrated the coup attempt of July 15, 2016, which left 250 people dead and nearly 2,200 injured.