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Two arrested in north as part of Gulen probe

US based cleric Fethullah Gulen

Authorities in the north have arrested two men as part of a police operation to track down persons with ties to Fetullah Gulen, a US-based Turkish cleric believed to be behind last year’s attempted coup in the neighbouring country.

The detained men were named as Osman Adsiz and Selcuk Genc.

Turkish Cypriot media reported that police searched the homes of the two men, finding documents, brochures and other print material related to Feto, shorthand for ‘Fetullah terrorist organisation’.

During a subsequent court hearing, it was claimed that Adsiz is responsible for 30 hideouts of Feto sympathisers in the north.

Adsiz and Genc were remanded in custody for two days, reports said.

Reports earlier this year said that 200 policemen in the north were being investigated in connection with potential links to Gulen’s organisation.

During the investigation, which began in early April, police personnel were asked questions such as where they were on the night of July 15, 2016, whom they had visited abroad in the past, and whether they knew who provided financial support to the organisation.

In January this year, nine colonels serving in the north were arrested after an investigation linked them to the alleged terror organisation.


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