Turkey issues international arrest warrant for Fethullah Gulen

Turkey issues international arrest warrant for Fethullah Gulen

Ankara, December 22, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency

Gulen is considered by the Turkish government to be the head of a terrorist organisation

Erdogan’s life to become a movie!

By Manolis Kostidis

The dispute between President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the leader of the Islamic Hizmet movement Fethullah Gulen has entered a new phase, as a court in Istanbul has issued an arrest warrant against Gulen, who has been living in the US since 1998.

The international arrest warrant gives an international dimension to Erdogan’s campaign against the network of Hizmet. The prosecutor accuses Gulen of being the leader of a “terrorist organization”, whichmeans that if convicted he is liable to be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.

Gulen had faced similar allegations in 1998 when the Turkish generals, who were very powerful at the time, were opposing his movement. This was the reason he fled to the US and never returned.

Erdogan says that Gulen tried to overthrow the government with unorthodox methods and emphasises that the Hizmet movement was the one that had invaded the homes of the children of the ministers that had led to the uncovering of the financial scandals, which led to the resignation of four of the Erdogan government ministers. At the same time, he argues that all allegations and procedures are in accordance with the law and argues that “all are in accordance with the law and in accordance with the judicial procedure”.

Erdogan defended the detention of journalists as part of the investigation, saying that some of them “used their profession as a mask to cover other activities”.

However, the editor in chief of the newspaper Zaman who was arrested last week, was set free. The editor in chief of the television network Samanyoglu, Hidayet Karaca, however, is accused of “participation in an armed organisation” and is being detained.

Last Sunday, a police operation had resulted in the arrest of 30 persons, who are believed to be affiliated with the movement of Gulen, among them police officers and screenwriters of TV series.

The European Union has condemned the attacks on the media, stressing that these actions violate European values.

Erdogan refutes the charges of the EU on the arrests of the journalists and replied that “Turkey is not the gatekeeper of the EU”.

The Turkish president stated that “the European Union rushed to utter its criticism during the Christmas season, when Turkey has been waiting at its door for fifteen years”.

Movie on Erdogan’s life to come out on February

With great interest they await in Turkey the premier of the movie called “KOZ”, which will be based on the life of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The film is coming out in theaters in February and already some of the scenes are circulating on the internet.

The Turkish President will be played by the actor Cem Kurtoglou. Reportedly, the film will present real life events, such as the demonstrations in Gezi park and the dispute with the Islamic movement Hizmet of the imam Fethullah Gulen.

According to information, the film is financed by entrepreneurs who are affiliated with the ruling AKP party and all events will be presented from the perspective of the Turkish president, without making specific references to the eight people who were killed and the thousands who were wounded by the attacks of the police in the events of Gezi. In the film there will also be a scene of an assassination attempt against the life of the Turkish president.

Erdogan has described the protesters of Gezi as “looters” and Gulen is now considered by the Turkish state to be “public enemy number one”.