Group close to Gulen denies involvement in Turkey coup bid

Group close to Gulen denies involvement in Turkey coup bid

Group close to Gulen denies involvement in Turkey coup bid

Written by Staff Writer

16 Jul, 2016 | 9:36 am

A U.S.-based organization close to Turkish Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen denied involvement in Friday’s (July 15) coup attempt against President Tayyip Erdogan.

“We condemn any military intervention in domestic politics of Turkey,” the Alliance for Shared Values group said in a statement.

“Comments by pro-Erdogan circles about the movement are highly irresponsible,” it said.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said early on Saturday in comments that the attempted coup was the work of followers of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, a cleric Erdogan has long accused of attempting to use his followers in the judiciary and military to overthrow the government.

Erdogan also said the attempted coup by a section of Turkey’s military was an act of treason and is a reason to “clean up” the armed force

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