Turkish court decides to arrest Fethullah Gulen
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.19
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkish court has issued a decision to arrest Fethullah Gulen [Islamic public figure currently residing in the US], A Haber TV channel reported on Dec.19.
Reportedly, Gulen is accused of creating a terrorist group, as well as of espionage against Turkey.
Turkey will appeal to the US regarding Gulen's extradition from the country, according to the TV channel.
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 prime minister 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. Turkish then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Gulen of standing 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.
He called on Fethullah Gulen not to intervene in Turkey's internal affairs and accused the US of supporting him. A criminal case has been initiated in Turkey against Gulen for his coup attempt and espionage against the country.
Erdogan also previously said that Gulen will be extradited from the US. However, the US authorities said that his extradition is inadmissible.
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