Cyprus Mail

Over 30 detained so far in the north with alleged Gulen ties

File photo: US based cleric Fethullah Gulen

THIRTY-SIX people have been detained in the north and over 200 questioned on suspicion of being members of Feto, a movement led by Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen, which has been outlawed by Turkey as a terrorist organisation.

Eighteen soldiers, including a lieutenant colonel, three colonels and most recently two sergeants, have been arrested in connection with Feto.

Some 200 police officers were also questioned over potential connections with the movement.

A total of 18 civilians, two of them imams, were detained, and two of them were handed over to Turkey.

They were all charged with “being a member of an illegal organisation” and “possessing material of propaganda belonging to an illegal organisation”.

The wife of one of the Imams was also arrested. Authorities said printed material belonging to Feto as well as religious books were found at their residence.

A third Imam was also arrested on Wednesday, after his name was found on Feto books and leaflets found in rubbish bins. The man denied any involvement, claiming that the material had been left at the mosque and he had binned it.

Turkish Cypriot mufti Talip Atalay was also detained in Turkey in early July but was released the same day.

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