Report on ‘Gülenist Terrorist Organization' submitted to prosecutors
by Anadolu Agency
ANKARAJul 02, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Anadolu Agency
Jul 02, 2015 12:00 am
On Wednesday police in Ankara submitted a file to prosecutors on the Gülen Movement that is allegedly seeking to subvert the Turkish state. The report by the General Directorate of Security describes an organization that has infiltrated the police, judiciary, armed forces, media, education system and politics to form a "parallel state."
According to the report, the group, which it called the "Gülenist Terrorist Organization," more commonly known as the Gülen Movement, seeks to undermine the government by "abusing society's religious feelings and collecting money under the name of 'benevolence' to use it within its organizational interest and ideology."
The report says the purpose of the movement, led by U.S.-based preacher Fetullah Gülen, is to "seize control of all constitutional institutes in the country and obtain manpower by raising people in accordance with its ideology through its foundations, schools and tutoring classes and student houses."
The report claims to be based on statements from the group's members.
Describing the methods of the movement, the report says followers "adhered to the organization with absolute obedience [and] without questioning or thinking."
The report adds that the organization planted members within state bodies through fraud, namely by gained access to state exam papers, and launched judicial and administrative investigations based on false evidence against its enemies. Police describe the organization as a "leader-centered structure" and a "hierarchical structure" that uses clandestine methods such as writing messages on tissue paper and using code names.
Even members' marriages are arranged through the organization, the report says, "which thereby increases alliance to the organization and pressures those who might want to leave the organization by keeping their family away from them." The report adds: "The members are left to abide by the organization in terms of all their decisions about their business and private lives."