Islamic scholar Gülen sues interior minister over coup accusation


Date posted: January 30, 2014

ANKARA

Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen has sued Interior Minister Efkan Ala for 50,000 Turkish Liras, over Ala’s remarks insinuating that he was seeking to topple the government.

Ala stirred debate with a speech on Jan. 27 in which he staunchly defended Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, accusing Gülen of attempting to stage a coup.

“You say stop to a leader who said ‘one minute’ to the international colonial order. Who are you? How come you revolt and attempt to stage a coup,” Ala said.

Lawyers representing the U.S.-based scholar said that although the interior minister did not mention Gülen’s name in his speech, the Islamic scholar was clearly the target of his words.

“Making efforts to set people up against one another and stir hostility by expressing those words is a behavior morally unacceptable,” lawyer Nurullah Albayrak said.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) had repeatedly accused the Gülen movement of orchestrating the damaging graft probes in which four ministers have been implicated.

Albayrak described the accusations as “slander,” saying that Cabinet members were trying to convert Gülen into a target.

“Regardless of their purpose, the words used by the defendant are a heavy and unfair attack on the personal rights [of Gülen],” he added.

Erdoğan has repeatedly denounced the existence of a “parallel state,” referring to Gülen’s followers, who are known to hold key positions inside the police and the judiciary and who allegedly take decisions upon the movement’s orders.

The government has responded to the graft scandal with a massive purge within the police department and among prosecutors. It has also stepped up the preparation of a judicial bill that has drawn controversy for increasing the executive’s control over the judiciary.

Efkan Ala had replaced Muammer Güler, whose son is still under custody as part of the graft investigation, following a Cabinet reshuffle Dec. 25.

Source: Hurriyet Daily , January 30, 2014


Related News

Group of activists walking across Europe raises 40,000 euros for Turkish refugees in Greece

A group of activists from the UK raised 40,000 euros for needy Turkish nationals who have landed in Greece as refugees in the face of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s post-coup witch-hunt.

Test of Turkish society

Over the past 11 years, Turkey has been undergoing an important transformation. While it seems to defend secular and modern-looking Western lifestyles, it is trying to come out of the tangle of Kemalism, which is a regime disregarding democratic values of the West. Even if Kemalism had at first dreamed of establishing a real Western democracy, it was later defiled and turned into a hegemony of the elite.

Turkey’s failed coup has spread to the classroom in EU states

What really annoyed the Dutch government, however, was when the Turkish consul general sent a letter to local authorities in the Netherlands advising them how to curb public protests opposing the government in Ankara. That brought a coldly dismissive response from foreign minister, Bert Koenders: “The Netherlands deals with Dutch society and that has nothing to do with the Turkish government.”

MGK plan in action

A National Security Council (MGK) plan — dated Aug. 24, 2004, titled the “Plan to Crack Down on the Fethullah Gülen Group in Turkey” and undersigned by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, ministers and military commanders of the time — is already being implemented. Though the government claims it was not put into action, there are several indications to suggest that the MGK plan is in effect.

Beating ‘domestic enemies’ in the game of ‘advanced’ democracy

The writers, intellectuals and the journalists close to the Hizmet movement have, from the very beginning, called on the government to take legal steps against those whom he constantly labels the “parallel state” so that they could also know who they are.

Lack of tolerance and democracy

It is not a prerequisite for democracy that everyone share the same ideas, culture, beliefs, or lifestyle, living together in unqualified happiness.
A society in which everyone shares the same ideals, interests, ideas, lifestyle, culture, language and beliefs appears to be a more totalitarian than democratic one.

Latest News

Fethullah Gülen’s Condolence Message for South African Human Rights Defender Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Hizmet Movement Declares Core Values with Unified Voice

Ankara systematically tortures supporters of Gülen movement, Kurds, Turkey Tribunal rapporteurs say

Erdogan possessed by Pharaoh, Herod, Hitler spirits?

Devious Use of International Organizations to Persecute Dissidents Abroad: The Erdogan Case

A “Controlled Coup”: Erdogan’s Contribution to the Autocrats’ Playbook

Why is Turkey’s Erdogan persecuting the Gulen movement?

Purge-victim man sent back to prison over Gulen links despite stage 4 cancer diagnosis

University refuses admission to woman jailed over Gülen links

In Case You Missed It

AK Party founder: I don’t believe claims of parallel state

Gulen inspired organizations honor world youth in Washington D.C.

Turkey investigating 4,167 Gülen followers in 110 countries

How did we step into the missionary threat trap?

Religion and war culture discussed in Vienna

German gov’t dismisses parliamentary question on Hizmet

Nigeria won’t allow mistreatment of her students by Turkey – Presidency

Copyright 2024 Hizmet News