Erdogan reportedly believes they are followers of exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose movement the Turkish government blames for the failed coup in the country in 2016 and describes as a 'terrorist group'.
Since the failed coup, the Turkish authorities have detained thousands of suspected 'Gulenists' and put pressure on governments abroad to extradite suspects.
A Turkish court on Friday jailed an employee of the Orizont private high school chain in Moldova, Yasin Ozdil - who was handed over to Turkey in 2018 in a joint secret service operation - for 12 years.
Ozdil formerly headed the public relations department for a branch of the school chain in the Durlesti area, near the Moldovan capital, Chisinau.
U.S. President Donald Trump told his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that Washington "would take a look at" the possibility of extraditing FETÖ leader Fethullah Gülen, who Ankara accuses of being behind a 2016 coup attempt, but he made no commitment, the White House has said.
President Donald Trump did not commit during a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the G20 summit two weeks ago to extradite Fethullah Gülen, a senior White House official said on Dec. 17.
Turkey's Parliamentary Speaker Binali Yıldırım has blasted the United States for its lack of action in extraditing Fethullah Gülen, the U.S.-based leader of the illegal FETÖ.