2 more relatives of Fethullah Gülen arrested

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Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen

As part of an ongoing witch-hunt against the Gülen movement, two more relatives of Muslim scholar Fethullah Gülen have been arrested in the Black Sea province of Trabzon.
Seven out of 14 detainees were arrested on charges of membership in a terrorist organization.

The Turkish government accuses the exiled cleric of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15, 2016, although Gülen denies any involvement and has urged an international independent investigation.

A leaked European Union intelligence report in January stated that no evidence of Gülen ordering of the coup has been found despite the government’s claims.

Several relatives of Gülen have been arrested in Turkey in his absence.

In a currently ongoing post-coup purge, over 135,000 people, including thousands within the military, have been purged due to their real or alleged connection to the Gülen movement, according to a statement by the labor minister on Jan. 10. As of Feb. 1, 89,775 people were being held without charge, with an additional 43,885 in pre-trial detention.

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