ISTANBUL (Russia Times) — A Turkish court has issued an arrest warrant for long-time Erdogan rival Fethullah Gulen, a US-based cleric, state media reports.
The 1st Istanbul Penal Court of Peace accepted the request of Istanbul Chief Prosecutor’s Office to issue an arrest warrant for Gulen on Friday, December 19, reports Anadolu Agency. The prosecutor said Gulen should be charged with setting up or running an armed ”terrorist” group.
This comes in the wake of the last week’s media raids, during which over 20 suspected Gulen supporters, including chief editors and media executives, were detained.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is accusing the self-exiled preacher of plotting to overthrow the state.
Relations soured between the two after an anti-graft probe launched in 2013, which Erdogan suspects was an attempt by Gulen and his followers to destabilize the government.