him back to Turkey, a security source said on Monday.

It was learned that Selahaddin Gulen, who is a relative of FETO’s ringleader Fetullah Gulen, fled abroad with the help of the terror group’s covert structure, said a security source who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Gulen, who was being sought for being a member of an armed terror group, is also learned to be related to the so-called advisory committee members and senior members of the terror group.

He had escaped the country on the instructions of the terror group’s ringleader.

He was brought back to Turkey in an operation conducted by the National Intelligence Organization (MIT), the source said.

FETO and its US-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people dead and 2,734 injured.

Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.​​​​​​​