Kosovo's Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj on Saturday ordered a probe into the arrest and deportation of six Turkish nationals from Kosovo in an operation he says was ordered without his knowledge.
The six Turkish nationals were arrested in Kosovo on Thursday at Turkey's request over alleged links to schools financed by the Gulen movement, which Ankara blames for a failed 2016 coup. Kosovo Prime Minister Haradinaj on Friday dismissed the interior minister and the secret service chief.
"Our National Intelligence Agency (MIT) captured six of the highest ranking members of (Gulen's network) in the Balkans in the operation it conducted in Kosovo", said Erdogan, speaking to supporters and party members in Istanbul.
"Today we have made a decision to start an investigation of all (state) structures that were involved in arresting and deporting the six Turkish men", Haradinaj said after an urgent meeting of Kosovo's security council. "I am informed by the competent authorities after the event that six citizens were deported today to Turkey on the grounds that they did not have a residence permit in Kosovo".
Hours later Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the victims were brought to Turkey in a joint operation by the Turkish and Kosova intelligence services.
According to the KIA report the only reason why these Turkish nationals were deported was that while in Kosovo they were involved in "illegal actions" and according to the KIA "posed threat to national security" of Kosovo.
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The Istanbul prosecutor is investigating the men who, according to Anadolu, were organizing the movement of Gulenists from Turkey to the United States and countries in Europe.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) criticized the Kosovo authorities over the arrests.
One of the six, Kahraman Demirez, is accused of helping to increase involvement in the movement in the Balkans, while Cihan Ozkan is suspected of sending money collected from Balkan countries to leaders of the Gulen movement in Pennsylvania, Anadolu said.
There was no other comment from the USA which played the most prominent role in Kosovo's becoming independent, or the European Union to which the partially-recognized state is an aspiring member.
Children of top politicians in Kosovo, including President Hashim Thaci's son, go to Gulen schools.