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Turkey issues arrest warrant against US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen

A Turkish court has issued an arrest warrant for US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. Gulen, a one-time ally of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip

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Turkey issues arrest warrant against US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen

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A Turkish court has issued an arrest warrant for US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Gulen, a one-time ally of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is now accused of leading a terrorist plot to overthrow the government – a claim he denies.

Gulen’s supporters gathered outside the Justice Palace in Istanbul on Friday to protest against a crackdown on perceived supporters of the cleric.

Over 20 journalists were arrested last weekend. Eight of them were freed on Friday including editor-in-chief of Zaman newspaper, Ekrem Dumanli.

“We testified to the prosecutors all night long. In the end, I asked the prosecutor- if the reason for the treatment that we are exposed to for days is these two articles and a news story? He said ‘yes’,” said Dumanli.

Others, including a TV executive, are being kept in custody pending trial on charges of belonging to a terrorist group.

The investigation has been condemned by the EU and the US as a blow against the freedom of the press.