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12 members of 'patriotic gang' arrested

ANKARA – Turkish Daily News | 7/5/2007 12:00:00 AM |

Police arrested 12 members of the Patriotic Forces Unity of Power Movement on charges of setting up a criminal gang and forgery, reported the Anatolia news agency on Tuesday.Taner Ünal, the leader of

Police arrested 12 members of the Patriotic Forces Unity of Power Movement on charges of setting up a criminal gang and forgery, reported the Anatolia news agency on Tuesday.

Taner Ünal, the leader of the movement, and other members were taken to the forensic medical lab for a health check following their arrest, stated the Anatolia news agency. The detainees were charged with committing a crime, being members of a criminal gang, looting, financing a criminal gang, smuggling historical artifacts and weakening the independence and unity of the state.

Ünal denied the charges, saying he was not engaged in any illegal activity.

The movement is a civil organization, which has nationalist tendencies. It has an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 affiliates all around Turkey. Ünal's business card was found in a car belonging to Alparslan Arslan, who launched an assault against the Council of State, Turkey's top court, last year. 

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