Two schools allegedly affiliated with FETO were closed
The Albanian government closed two schools allegedly linked to the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETO). The executives of the closed institutions said that the decision was political.
Mehmet Akif Türk College operating in Albania and Zübeyde Hanım Kindergarten, which is affiliated with the Turgut Özal school network, were closed in line with the government’s decision on the grounds that they were affiliated with FETÖ.
AKP Chairperson and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with Prime Minister Edi Rama in Albania, which he visited at the beginning of 2022, and then said the following at the press conference:
“The fact that FETO can still find an area of activity in the friendly and brotherly country of Albania deeply hurts our nation, whose children were martyred. It is our most sincere expectation that more concrete, decisive and rapid steps will be taken against the FETO structuring in Albania in the coming period.”
While no reason was shared as to why Mehmet Akif Türk College was closed, the school personnel were asked to prepare the necessary files for the transfer of all students. The cost of the transfer will be borne by the Albanian government.
According to Albanian media outlet Top Channel, the school, located in the capital city of Tirana, is part of the Gulistan Foundation, supported by Fethullah Gulen. The Albanian government’s decision to close schools came a week after Emre Olur, alleged adviser to organized crime leader Sedat Peker, was expelled from the country.