Turkey: Seven Gulen members indicted for plotting to overthrow the government

Published April 9th, 2015 - 10:51 GMT
Turkish Islamic scholar and preacher Fethullah Gulen founded the Gulen movement, a transnational religious and social movement. (AFP/File)
Turkish Islamic scholar and preacher Fethullah Gulen founded the Gulen movement, a transnational religious and social movement. (AFP/File)

An Ankara court has accepted the Chief Prosecutor's indictment accusing seven people of belonging to a group that is attempting to overthrow the Turkish government.

The suspects, four of them police officers, are charged with being members of the Gulen movement, on which the indictment -- accepted on Thursday -- brings terrorism charges.

The Chief Prosecutor accused them of forming a "parallel state" and working secretively to seize control of the government.

The suspects are also charged with working to prevent the organization from being uprooted from state institutions.

The Chief Prosecutor said there is "concrete evidence" to the existence and motivations of a "Fetullahci (Gulenist) terror organization."

The Turkish government accuses the Gulen movement, led by US-based Turkish preacher Fetullah Gulen, of working to overthrow the government by infiltrating state institutions, mainly the police and the judiciary.

Gulen supporters are accused by the government of engaging in long-term eavesdropping on high-ranking government officials and mounting a coup d'etat attempt through a graft investigation in December 2013 that targeted cabinet members.


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