How FETO Smuggled Its \"Himmet\" Money According to MASAK Report!
The GÃlen movement, also known as FETO (Fethullah Terrorist Organization), is a transnational Islamic social and religious movement led by the Turkish preacher Fethullah GÃlen. The movement is accused of being behind the failed coup attempt in Turkey in 2016 and of laundering money through various charities and businesses. [^2^]
MASAK is the Financial Crimes Investigation Board of Turkey, which is responsible for preventing money laundering and terrorist financing. MASAK has recently published a report that reveals how FETO smuggled its \"himmet\" money out of Turkey. \"Himmet\" is a term used by FETO members to refer to the donations they make to the movement. [^3^]
According to the report, FETO used several methods to transfer its \"himmet\" money abroad, such as:
Using fake invoices and contracts to disguise the money as trade payments.
Using shell companies and offshore accounts to hide the money trail.
Using couriers and smugglers to carry cash across borders.
Using crypto-currencies and online payment platforms to avoid detection.
The report estimates that FETO has transferred more than 10 billion Turkish liras (about 1.1 billion US dollars) out of Turkey between 2012 and 2016. The report also identifies some of the countries where FETO has moved its money, such as Germany, the United States, Canada, Australia, South Africa, and Nigeria. [^1^]
The report is expected to provide evidence for the ongoing investigations and prosecutions against FETO members in Turkey and abroad. MASAK has also shared its findings with international organizations and counterparts to enhance cooperation against FETO's financial activities. [^3^]FETO is not only a threat to Turkey, but also to other countries where it operates. FETO has been designated as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Northern Cyprus and Pakistan. [^3^] The United States, where GÃlen resides, has not yet taken any action against FETO, despite Turkey's repeated requests for his extradition. [^1^]
FETO has been involved in various illegal and subversive activities in different parts of the world, such as espionage, infiltration, propaganda, money laundering, fraud, and coup attempts. FETO has also been accused of exploiting its schools and charities to recruit followers and indoctrinate them with its radical ideology. [^1^] [^2^]
One of the countries where FETO has a significant presence is Uganda, where it runs several schools and hospitals. Turkey has been in discussions with Uganda to take over or shut down these FETO-linked institutions, as they pose a security risk to both countries. Turkey has also warned Uganda of FETO's potential involvement in rebel movements and political instability in the region. [^4^]Turkey has been pursuing a multi-dimensional strategy to combat FETO both at home and abroad. The strategy includes:
Conducting legal investigations and prosecutions against FETO members and supporters who were involved in the coup attempt and other crimes.
Reforming the public institutions and organizations that were infiltrated by FETO, such as the military, the police, the judiciary, the education system, and the media.
Increasing public awareness and education about the true nature and objectives of FETO and its leader.
Strengthening international cooperation and solidarity with other countries and organizations that are affected by or oppose FETO's activities.
Requesting the extradition or deportation of FETO members and fugitives who have fled to other countries, especially the US where GÃlen resides.
Shutting down or taking over FETO-linked schools, charities, businesses, and media outlets in Turkey and abroad.
Turkey has achieved significant results in its fight against FETO in the past five years. According to official data, more than 100,000 people have been detained and more than 30,000 have been convicted for their links to FETO. More than 150,000 public officials have been dismissed or suspended from their duties. More than 3,000 schools, dormitories, universities, foundations, associations, media outlets, and companies have been closed or seized. [^1^]
Turkey has also received support and cooperation from many countries and organizations in its efforts to expose and eliminate FETO. More than 100 countries have shut down or transferred FETO-linked schools to Turkey's Maarif Foundation, which was established in 2016 to provide education services abroad. More than 20 countries have deported or extradited FETO members to Turkey. Several countries have also declared FETO as a terrorist organization or banned its activities. [^1^] 061ffe29dd