Turkey resumes special operations against Gulen movement
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct.21
By Rufiz Hafizoglu- Trend:
The Turkish government resumed special operations against Fethullah Gulen's movement (Islamic community leader, who lives in the United States), the Turkish TV channel TRT Haber said Oct.21.
Some 18 employees of the Turkish intelligence were detained during the special operations in Ankara.
Earlier it was reported that more than 70 police officers were detained within the framework of the operation carried out in Turkey July 22 against the supporters of the Gulen movement. Among those detained was the former chairman of the Istanbul branch of the Turkish intelligence Ali Fuat Yilmazer.
On February 25, several Turkish media outlets said the telephone conversations of over 7,000 people close to both the country's ruling party and opposition parties, were wiretapped as part of an anti-terrorist operation against members of the 'Salam' organization in 2011.
It was also reported that the telephone conversations of Turkish intelligence head, Hakan Fidan were also wiretapped under these anti-terrorist operations.
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.
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.
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. But the United States authorities stated that extradition of Gulen is unacceptable.
Turkey has already started a legal procedure for extradition of Gulen, Erdogan said.