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Turkey issues arrest warrant for renowned businessman Kalkavan

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An arrest warrant has been issued for prominent Turkish businessman İhsan Kalkavan as part of an ongoing crackdown on the alleged followers of the faith-based Gülen movement.

Kalkavan is accused of membership in a terrorist organization.

Pro-government media outlets reported on Tuesday that the arrest warrant for Kalkavan was issued as a result of the testimony of an alleged Gülen follower identified only by their initials H.P..

Kalkavan is reportedly out of the country.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.

Despite Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, whose views inspired the movement, and the movement having denied the accusation, Erdoğan — calling the coup attempt “a gift from God” — and the government launched a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.

About 125,000 people have been purged from state bodies, in excess of 80,000 detained and over 36,000 have been arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees include journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian. Critics argue that lists of Gülen sympathizers were drawn up prior to the coup attempt.







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