Sweden promises to shelter coup plotters, calls Gülen 'opposition leader'

DAILY SABAH WITH WIRES
ISTANBUL
Published 03.08.2016 22:22
Updated 04.08.2016 00:27

Sweden has decided not to send back coup plotters linked to the Gülenist Terror Organization (FETÖ) coup attempt in Turkey. Calling FETÖ terrorists' leader, U.S.-based retired imam Fethullah Gülen, an "opposition leader," the Swedish migration agency, Migrationsverket, said several plotters are his "supporters."

It did not put any figures on how many people are in those groups. Last year Sweden received 253 asylum seekers from Turkey. Although it was made public yesterday, the decision was taken three days after the bloody July 15 coup, according to the Associated Press report. Speaking on German state broadcaster ARD on July 25, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan railed at Germany for what he called its indifference to PKK and FETÖ members and questioned the European Union's contribution to the anti-terror fight.

Asserting that EU countries will find themselves in grave danger should they further fail to collaborate with Turkey, Erdoğan said the world should work together to tackle terrorism. Speaking at the Presidential Palace in Ankara for a commemoration for those killed and wounded during the coup attempt on Friday, Erdoğan also lashed out at what he called Turkey's so-called allies. "No country is our ally when they're more concerned about the fate of putschists while not being worried about Turkey's democracy, the lives of our people or its future," he said, and slammed once more European Union countries and other Western states for their indifference to the casualties from the coup attempt.

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