Court imposes punitive fine on author for libeling Gülen family


Date posted: January 22, 2014

İSTANBUL

The Erzurum 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance has ordered author Kadir Mısıroğlu to pay TL 18,000 to Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen and his family for libeling Gülen’s father and grandfather.

Mısıroğlu was found guilty of fabricating lies about Gülen’s father and grandfather in his book, “Manipulation Movements from Past to Present – 3.”

Gülen’s brothers Seyfullah and Salih Gülen and his uncle Seyfettin Gülen sued the author at the 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance, arguing that the claims in the book are baseless and defamatory. Fethullah Gülen’s lawyers have filed a second libel suit against Mısıroğlu at the İstanbul 12th Criminal Court of First Instance.

Gülen family lawyer Mehmet Güzel said on Tuesday that detailed records concerning Fethullah Gülen‘s father and grandfather are publicly available on the Central Civil Registration System (MERNIS) and that if the author had intended to tell the truth, he would have checked the records before writing his book.

Source: Todays Zaman , January 21, 2014


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