The plaintiffs include Bünyamin Ateş, Turgut Yıldırım and Murat Öztürk and will be represented by the law firms of Amsterdam & Partners and, Fox Rothschild.
The lawyers who have filed the civil suit, Robert Amsterdam, founder of the UK-based firm Amsterdam and Partners LLP, and Patrick Egan, partner at Fox Rothschild LLP's Philadelphia office held a press conference regarding the U.S. suit which is the first of such action against Gülen outside Turkey.
The suit asks the court to rule for "compensatory damages in an amount to be determined at trial, interest, costs, attorney's fees, punitive damages".
It was filed against Gülen and 50 unidentified followers of the cleric who Egan said are involved in criminal action but whose true identities are not currently known or sufficient information about exists to include in the complaint.
Accusations against Gülen and his network number six counts, including false accusations, detention, false imprisonment, and civil conspiracy in Turkey.
The claims are brought under the U.S. Alien Tort Statute that allows foreign citizens to seek remedies in American courts for human-rights violations committed outside the U.S.
Egan said his firm obtained evidence for the case through interviews with the plaintiffs and by other probes.
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