Published: Thu, August 18, 2016
World | By Carl Welch

Turkish prosecutors seek 2 life sentences for Gulen

Turkish prosecutors seek 2 life sentences for Gulen

Turkish prosecutors on Tuesday demanded two life sentences plus 1,900 years in prison for USA -based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara has blamed for masterminding a failed coup bid last month, local media said. He denies any involvement. Turkish prosecutors today demanded two life sentences and an additional 1,900 years in prison for US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen, blamed by Ankara for masterminding last month's attempted coup.

In the more than 2,500-page indictment accepted by the court in Usak on Tuesday, Gulen and 111 other suspects are accused of transferring funds obtained through charities or donations to the United States via "front" companies, Anadolu said.

Turkish police searched the offices of a nationwide retail chain and a healthcare and technology company on Tuesday, arresting dozens of people in some of the biggest raids on private businesses since last month's failed coup.

Sezgin said Gulen's network is "extremely diffuse and infiltrates the whole country" and that it "proceeds by absolutely non democratic means working to impose its vision, which is a dictatorial regime in government, among military, police, the magistrate and the universities", comparing it to the Italian mafia and Masonic P2 group.

"There are tougher ways to die than the death (penalty) for them".

After the Turkish prime minister said it's time for his country to improve ties with Damascus, top diplomats in Tehran said that Ankara is likely to initiate a major shift in policy on Syria and move to ally with Iran and Russian Federation. "That is an impartial and fair trial". However, Turkey-Israel relations soured in 2008-2010 after Erdogan walked off a Davos panel including Israeli president Shimon Peres and in the aftermath of the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident, in which several Turkish citizens were killed during a humanitarian aid visit to Gaza. All this represents a continuation of Erdogan's recent pragmatic steps to restore strained diplomatic ties with key neighbors and allies-with potential impact on the current crisis in Syria as well as the country's relation with its Sunni Ally, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Turkey is seeking his extradition from the United States.

Since the coup, more than 35,000 people have been detained, 17,000 of whom have been placed under formal arrest.

The Turkish government declared a state of emergency and launched a massive crackdown on Gulen's supporters in the aftermath of the coup.

Tens of thousands more people with suspected links to Gulen have been suspended or dismissed from their jobs in the judiciary, media, education, health care, military and local government.

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