02 September 2022
The reserve colonel Levent Göktash, who was wanted with a red notice as a suspect in the murder of the intellectual writer Necip Hablemitoglu, was arrested by the Bulgarian police, the leading Turkish media reported, quoted by BTA.
The arrest was made by the police in the town of Svilengrad. He is expected to be handed over to the Turkish authorities.
Levent Goktash, who is a reserve colonel, is the main accused in organizing the assassination of prominent Turkish intellectual and writer Necip Hablemitoglu. He was shot dead in front of his home in December 2002.
For years, the killing went unsolved despite suspicions that it was carried out by members of preacher Fethullah Gulen’s FETO group, which Turkish authorities say was behind the 2016 coup attempt.
Only after the failed coup did the Turkish authorities get serious about uncovering and punishing those responsible for the writer’s murder.
Last year, a Turkish court issued an indictment and ordered the arrest of Levent Göktash for participating in organizing the assassination of Hablemitoglou as a member of the terrorist organization FETO.
The same was named as a participant in this murder and in the video messages from Dubai of the supposed mafia boss Sedat Peker.
Levent Göktash had fled Turkey and, at the request of the Turkish branch of Interpol, was declared a wanted man with a red notice.
The Turkish media reported that the procedures for the extradition of Levent Göktash to Turkey by the Bulgarian authorities have begun through the Ministry of Justice and Interpol.
Necip Hablemitoglu was one of the first intellectuals in Turkey who spoke about the danger of the actions of Fethullah Gülen’s organization as a network that, under the guise of religion, aims to seize positions of power in the state, as well as the expansion of Gülen’s network abroad, mainly in Germany.