Jun 13 2018

FBI has begun investigating Gülen – Turkish foreign minister

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has announced that the FBI has begun to investigate the man that his government says masterminded a failed coup attempt in July 2016, opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet said.

Fethullah Gülen, a reclusive Turkish preacher who moved to Pennsylvania in 1999, leads a movement of followers throughout Turkey and the world, including some of those accused of leading the coup attempt in which more than 200 people were killed.

“The FBI has begun an investigation,” into the Gülen movement in the United States, Çavuşoğlu said.

“They have begun to see all kinds of violations in America from tax violations to visa fraud and their foreign minister (Mike Pompeo) told me that there was a serious investigation.”

The United States was now also thinking seriously about extraditing Gülen back to Turkey, and Turkey was doing its best to facilitate it, Çavuşoğlu said.

“The United States cannot kick this ball out of bounds,” he said.

An investigation by a delegation of Turkish opposition politicians recently concluded that Turkish authorities had sent insufficient evidence to secure Gülen’s extradition.

Germany had also begun to see the threat posed by the Gülen movement, Çavuşoğlu added.