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DGM Prosecutor Yuksel prepares to charge Gulen

HDN | 8/9/2000 12:00:00 AM |

Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic figure best-known for the Turkish schools opened abroad by his followers, may face trial on charges under Turkish Penal Code articles 312 and 313. Gulen who is currently undergoing treatment in the US had previously declared that he would return if an arrest warrant were issued Ankara - Turkish Daily News At Ankara State Security Court (DGM) Public Prosecutor Nuh Mete Yuksel's request, the Ankara No. 1 DGM panel has convened to decide on the proposed arrest warrant for

  • Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic figure best-known for the Turkish schools opened abroad by his followers, may face trial on charges under Turkish Penal Code articles 312 and 313. Gulen who is currently undergoing treatment in the US had previously declared that he would return if an arrest warrant were issued
  • Ankara - Turkish Daily News

    At Ankara State Security Court (DGM) Public Prosecutor Nuh Mete Yuksel's request, the Ankara No. 1 DGM panel has convened to decide on the proposed arrest warrant for Fethullah Gulen, the renowned Islamic scholar who is currently undergoing treatment in the United States.

    Yuksel, who has been working on the Gulen investigation for almost a year, asked Ankara No. 2 DGM's substitute judge to authorize his arrest last Thursday as he concluded his studies. Judge Ramazan Aksan refused Yuksel's request. Yuksel then appealed to a higher court for Gulen's arrest. Asked if Turkey had been in contact with the U.S. authorities over Gulen's extradition, Yuksel said there had been no such contact. He added that there has been no initiative for Gulen's extradition from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs either.

    Yuksel has charged Gulen with setting up organizations meant to divide the country under Turkish Penal Code (TCK) articles 312 and 313. Yuksel is expected to file a suit against Gulen next week even if his request for Gulen's arrest is rejected by the higher court. Article 312 has come under fierce criticism both from Western world and within Turkey. While former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan has been convicted under Article 312 and is waiting for matters to be finalized, the former mayor of Istanbul, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, former mayor of Kayseri Sukru Karatepe and former Minister of Education Hasan Celal Guzel have already been sentenced to imprisonment for various terms.

    The Western world in general and the European Union in particular have asked Turkey to amend Article 312 and to end the arbitrary use of it.

    "Gulen will return if an arrest warrant is issued"

    Harun Tokak the chairman of the Writers and Journalists Foundation, which is known to be close to Gulen, stated that Fethullah Gulen has always respected Turkish laws and will come back to Turkey if an arrest warrant is issued. Welcoming the substitute judge's decision to reject Yuksel's request for Gulen's arrest, Tokak said: "We have been saying from the very beginning that even the investigation into Gulen has been a great injustice to a man who has always thought that serving his country is like worshipping Allah. We expect a similar decision from the higher court today." Tokak stressed that Gulen has been in the United States for health reasons and will come back as soon as the arrest warrant is issued.

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