Baku, Azerbaijan, March 6
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Fatullah Gulen [Islamic public figure who currently resides in the U.S.] can be sought internationally, the Turkish Justice Minister, Bekir Bozdag said, Haber7 TV channel reported on March 6.
The court decision is needed for Gulen to be sought internationally, according to the minister.
Turkish media reported on Feb. 25 that in 2011 telephone conversations of about 7,000 people associated with the representatives of both the ruling and opposition parties, including family members of the PM were wiretapped, as part of the anti-terrorist operation carried out by the Istanbul prosecutor's office against Salam terrorist organization.
During the anti-terrorist operations, telephone conversations of the head Turkish intelligence, Hakan Fidan were wiretapped as well.
After this, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Gulen of that, namely representatives of his movement stand behind the wiretapping of the phone conversations.
Earlier, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the Gulen movement has close ties to the Republican People's Party, and their joint activities are aimed at weakening the government.
Erdogan also stressed that Gulen's movement (which he earlier called as a 'parallel structure') with its anti-state activities proved that it is not a religious movement, but a politicized and illegal structure.
Earlier, the prime minister called on Fethullah Gulen not to intervene in Turkey's internal affairs and accused the U.S. of supporting him.
The member of the Council of the ruling Justice and Development Party of the country, Mazhar Bagli said that all the actions of Gulen and his supporters are aimed at undermining the country's national interests.