Turkey preparing new operation against Gulen movement
Baku, Azerbaijan, July 7
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey is preparing a new operation against the movement of Fethullah Gulen, the Islamic public figure currently residing in the U.S, Turkish Hurriyet newspaper reported on July 7.
The Turkish police have launched an investigation to find out whether the movement has an armed wing, according to the newspaper.
Gulen, the founder of the Hizmet public movement, as well as, the Turkish Journalists and Writers Foundation, is accused of being involved in a huge wiretapping scandal by the Turkish government.
Following the wiretapping case, Prime Minister Erdogan accused Gulen and representatives of his movement of standing behind the wiretapping of the phone conversations. Erdogan also stressed that 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, Erdogan said Gulen will be extradited from the U.S., while the U.S authorities said that Gulen's extradition is out of the question.
Erdogan pointed out that Turkey has launched the legal procedure for Gulen's extradition.