German spy agency chief says does not believe Gulen behind Turkey coup attempt

Bruno Kahl, new President of the German Federal Intelligence Agency (BND), speaks during his inauguration at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, July 6, 2016. Bundesregierung/Guido Bergmann
Bruno Kahl, new President of the German Federal Intelligence Agency (BND), speaks during his inauguration at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, July 6, 2016. Bundesregierung/Guido Bergmann


Date posted: March 19, 2017

The Turkish government has failed to convince Germany’s BND foreign intelligence agency that U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen was behind last summer’s failed coup in Turkey, the BND head told a German magazine.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish government accuse Gulen of orchestrating Turkey’s failed coup on July 15 in which more than 240 people were killed when rogue soldiers commandeered tanks, warplanes and helicopters, attacking parliament and attempting to overthrow the government..

“Turkey has tried to convince us of that at every level but so far it has not succeeded,” BND head Bruno Kahl said in an interview with news magazine Der Spiegel published on Saturday.

Erdogan and the Turkish government want the United States to extradite Gulen, who denies involvement in the coup attempt.

Asked whether the Gulen movement was extreme Islamist or terrorist, Kahl said it was a “civil association that aims to provide further religious and secular education”.

Kahl also said he did not think the Turkish government was behind the coup, saying: “The coup attempt was not initiated by the government. Before July 15 the government had already started a big purge so parts of the military thought they should do a coup quickly before it hit them too.”

(Reporting by Michelle Martin; Editing by Dale Hudson)

Source: Reuters , March 19, 2017


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