Gülenist suspect detained while trying to flee Turkey

Published 24.06.2015 22:49
Updated 24.06.2015 22:56

A suspect affiliated with the Gülen Movement was detained by Turkish authorities on Wednesday at Istanbul's Atatürk International Airport while trying to board a flight to China.

On June 3, the counter-terrorism department of the police headquarters issued detention warrants for eight people for infraction of rules during a military high school entrance exam in the 2011-2012 term.

While a total of five suspects have been detained under the scope of the operation as of Wednesday, three of which have reportedly fled to Kyrgyzstan before the operation took place.

The suspects are accused of providing answers to the military high school exam beforehand to affiliated members, being members of the Gülenist terror organization to commit crimes, contravening the Student Selection and Placement Center (ÖSYM) law, and infraction of rules during the exams.

The Gülen Movement is a transnational movement led by U.S.-based Fethullah Gülen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania. It is accused of wiretapping thousands of people including government officials and encrypted phones, as well as cheating in Public Personnel Selection Exams (KPSS)

It has been accused of infiltrating state institutions in Turkey and attempting to overthrow the government, forgery of documents and espionage. Government officials have continuously expressed their determination to continue to lawfully fight the Gülen Movement, which is recognized as a threat to national security by the Turkish state.

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