Imam whose son arrested over Gülen links commits suicide

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BURSA, TURKEY - JUNE 10: An imam leads the first Friday Prayer during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at Fatih Sultan Mehmet Mosque in Bursa, Turkey on June 10, 2016. Ali Atmaca / Anadolu Agency

An imam in the Turkish province of Mersin whose teacher son was arrested in a massive post-coup purge for alleged Gülen links committed suicide on Monday night.

The 53-year-old imam reportedly hung himself after leading the night prayer at Zeytinli Bahçe Mosque in Toroslar’s Turgut Türkalp neighborhood.

 

His congregation said the imam had been suffering from depression after his son M.T., who was a teacher in Hakkari, was arrested as part of an investigation into “FETÖ.”

 

“FETÖ” is an acronym that the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government coined to label the Gülen movement as a terrorist organization despite the lack of any court verdict to that effect. The government has accused the movement of plotting an attempted coup in Turkey on July 15. As part of the massive ensuing witch-hunt, tens of thousands of teachers have been dismissed, their licenses revoked and some arrested on alleged terror links.

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