Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen files suit on internet commenter
Özge Eğrikar ISTANBUL / Hürriyet
‘I am a part of the public for 55 years,’ Gülen wrote in his lawsuit statement. DHA photoFethullah Gülen has filed a criminal complaint against an internet commenter, who claimed the Islamic scholar was “a CIA agent.”
A woman who was identified with the initials M.B. and commented on a news website with the nickname bkurt1971, claimed Gülen was “somewhat a CIA agent,” under an article on the self-exiled scholar.
Gülen wrote an official complaint letter, seeking for M.B. to be sentenced to up to two years for defamation of his honor, pride and respectability.
“I am 70 years old and a part of the public for 55 years,” Gülen wrote in his lawsuit statement. “I have more than 50 books published, thousands of articles, poems and more than 1000 sermons.
“I always say running to the service to our state, our country and all humans is the greatest honor. It is unlawful to insult a person, who is approved by statesmen, administrators and people from more than 100 countries,” the statement continued.
Commenter rejects claims
M.B., however, rejected the charges during her investigation. “I have not entered that site on that day. I did not comment on a news story like that,” she said.
“Somebody else could have used my account since I am using wi-fi at home. I am not too familiar with technology. I reject the charges,” said M.B. in her testimony.