Turkey issues warrants for 67 linked to US-based cleric
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s state-run news agency says police have carried out raids in 10 cities, acting on a court order for the arrests of 67 people associated with a U.S.-based cleric who has become the chief foe of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Anadolu Agency says the warrants were issued against senior members of Fethullah Gulen’s moderate Islamic movement, including journalists and a university president. Forty-three of the suspects were abroad and only five were detained Friday, Anadolu said.
The government accuses Gulen of attempting a coup and has labeled his movement a terrorist organization. Gulen denies the claims.
This week, a lawyer hired by Turkey filed a lawsuit against Gulen in the United States, alleging that he orchestrated human rights abuses against three men in Turkey from his residence in Pennsylvania.