Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 7
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
The Gulen movement, the activity of which is banned in Turkey, planned to poison the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish Haber7 newspaper reported citing the country's health minister, Mehmet Muazzinoglu.
The minister said that some members of the Gulen movement were able to get a job in the state structures of Turkey.
"Thanks to vigilance of the security services, members of the Gulen movement were not able to implement their plans," he said.
Muazzinoglu however gave no further details about the plans of the attempted assassination of the president of Turkey.
In 2011, the phone conversations of about 7,000 people associated with the representatives of both the ruling and opposition parties, including family members of the prime minister, were wiretapped as part of an anti-terrorist operation carried out by Istanbul prosecutor's office against "Salam" terrorist organization.
During the anti-terrorist operations, telephone conversations of the head of the Turkish intelligence, Hakan Fidan were wiretapped as well.
At that time, the then prime minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Gulen of standing behind the wiretapping of the phone conversations.
Erdogan stressed that the Gulen movement with its anti-state activities proved that it is not a religious movement, but a politicized and illegal structure.
He also called on Fethullah Gulen not to intervene in Turkey's internal affairs and accused the US of supporting him.
Erdogan also previously said that Gulen should be extradited from the US. However, the US authorities said that an extradition is inadmissible.
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