Haydar Meric was found dead in suspicious circumstances on 18 June 2011. Meric was writing an investigative work regarding FETO. Previously he had come to the attention of the movement after having released details of FETO leader Fethullah Gulen’s personal life to a weekly magazine. Despite his membership of a lawful political party and being a retired civil servant, Meric was being monitored by some members at the police’s anti-terrorism unit. Police operated security cameras were found to have been switched off on the evening of Meric’s disappearance.
As part of the investigation into Meric’s murder, over 30 senior civil servants, politicians and civil society leaders have been arrested. At the time, Meric’s murder received little coverage in the press, except in FETO aligned publications which sought to preemptively muddy the waters by claiming he was murdered for having “discovered buried treasure”.