Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 24
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag has called Gulen, an Islamic public figure residing in the US and whose activities are banned in Turkey, to face trial of the country, the Turkish TRT Haber TV channel reported Dec.24.
"If Gulen considers himself innocent, he should come to Turkey and prove it in court," said Bozdag.
In 2011, the 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 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.
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