Baku, Azerbaijan, July 31
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey will continue its operations against the supporters of the movement of Fethullah Gulen [Islamic political figure currently residing in the U.S.], Turkish Haber7 TV channel quoted the country's Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag as saying on July 31.
He stressed that despite the transparency of the operations against the supporters of Gulen movement, some media outlets of the country deliberately distort the information about the course of these operations.
Over 70 policemen were detained on July 22 as a result of the operations carried out by Turkey against the supporters of the Gulen movement. The former Istanbul Police Department Intelligence Bureau chief Ali Fuat Yılmazer and former head of Istanbul police, Ertan Ercikti were among the detained.
Gulen, the founder of the Hizmet public movement, as well as, the Turkish Journalists and Writers Foundation, are accused of being involved in a huge wiretapping scandal by the Turkish government.
Following the case, Prime Minister Erdogan accused Gulen and representatives of his movement of standing behind the wiretapping of the phone conversations.
Erdogan also stressed that the Gulen movement, which he earlier called a "parallel structure", proved with its anti-state activities that it is not a religious movement but a politicized and illegal structure.
Turkish PM called on Gulen not to intervene in Turkey's internal affairs and accused the U.S. of supporting him.
A criminal case has been initiated in Turkey against Fethullah Gulen for his coup attempt and espionage against Turkey.
Earlier, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Gulen will be extradited from the U.S., adding that Turkey has launched the legal procedure for extradition of Gulen.
Edited by CN