Gulen says certain Erdogan behind failed Turkey coup

Reuters . Berlin
Fethullah Gulen

Fethullah Gulen

US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkish authorities accused of orchestrating a failed coup in July, told a German newspaper that he was sure president Tayyip Erdogan was behind the putsch.
Gulen said in an interview with the weekly Die Zeit that the military coup attempt betrayed the principles of the Turkish government and his global movement called ‘Hizmet’. He pointed to Erdogan’s comments that the July 15 putsch was a ‘gift from God’ because it would allow the army to be cleansed.
Asked if he was suggesting that Erdogan was behind the coup, Gulen said: ‘Until now I only thought that was a possibility. Now I think it’s certain.’
Gulen said a Turkish officer had recently said that the chief of general staff and the intelligence chief met in the army headquarters during the night of the coup, adding: ‘They already knew everything that would happen later.’
Exactly how events unfolded on the night of the coup has yet to be fully uncovered but Erdogan has repeatedly complained of what he described as an intelligence failure, saying he found out about the putsch only from his brother-in-law.

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