Fethullah Gülen’s brother detained in Turkey’s İzmir

Fethullah Gülen’s brother detained in Turkey’s İzmir

Fethullah Gülen’s brother detained in Turkey’s İzmir Police have detained the brother of the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen in the western Turkish province of İzmir. 
Kutbettin Gülen was detained on Oct. 2 by İzmir’s counter-terrorism police as a part of the investigation into the failed July 15 coup attempt, believed to have been masterminded by the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ).

Kutbettin Gülen was detained at the home of a relative in İzmir’s Gaziemir district, with police acting on a tip-off after he arrived in Turkey from abroad. 

A search was carried out in his house and police confiscated a number of books written by Fethullah Gülen. 
He was taken to a local police station for interrogation on suspicion of “inciting hatred in public via making statements in support of FETÖ” and “membership of an armed terrorist group.”

In July, the authorities arrested Gülen’s nephew Muhammet Sait Gülen in the eastern city of Erzurum. Another nephew, Ahmet Ramiz Gülen, was arrested in August in the southeastern city of Gaziantep. 

According to media reports, Gülen has five brothers: Seyfullah and Hasbi, who are no longer alive, and Mesih, Salih and Kutbettin. He also has two sisters, Nurhayat and Fazilet. The current whereabouts of Mesih, Salih, Nurhayat and Fazilet are not known.