Local Turkish prosecutor includes CIA, FBI allegations in Gülen indictment
EDİRNEThe CIA and the FBI provided training for followers of the U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, according to an indictment prepared by a local Turkish prosecutor regarding the failed coup attempt of July 15.
“The CIA and FBI provided training in several subjects to the cadre raised in the culture centers belonging to the Gülen movement. The operations carried out by prosecutors and security officials during the Dec. 17 process can be taken as a good example of this,” read the indictment, prepared by the Edirne Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office and accepted by the Second Heavy Penal Court.
The “Dec. 17 process” refers to the corruption probe launched on Dec. 17, 2013, which targeted senior government officials.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) says Gülen masterminded the July 15 failed coup attempt and is due to file an extradition request to the U.S. authorities.
“This [failed coup] attempt aimed to weaken the state with all its institutions by getting rid of the government completely. Those in the Gülen movement who work in the judicial and security institutions and who received the aforementioned training, took on this task and moved into action,” the indictment also read, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.