Over 50 supporters of Gulen movement detained in Ankara
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.25
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Around 54 supporters of Gulen [the Islamic public figure currently residing in the US] have been detained as a result of a special operation conducted by the police in Ankara, Turkish TRT Haber TV channel reported Feb. 25.
The operation began in 20 districts of the capital of Turkey in the morning of February 25.
Earlier it was reported that a large-scale staff reshuffle is expected to take place in the government bodies of Turkey as part of fight against the Gulen movement.
Fethullah Gulen is the Islamic public figure currently residing in the US. He has been accused of being involved in a huge wiretapping scandal by the Turkish government.
Turkish media reported on Feb. 25, 2014 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.
Turkish then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Gulen of standing behind the wiretapping. Later a criminal case was initiated in Turkey against Gulen for his coup attempt and espionage against the country.
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