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Turkey issues warrant for preacher Gulen after coup

Roland Mccarthy | 05 August, 2016, 03:30

While governments have denounced the coup attempt, they have also expressed concerns about the scope of the ensuing crackdown. Furthermore, ICJ's Secretary General Wilder Taylor warned Turkey: "There are human rights that can never be restricted even in a state of emergency, notably the right to life, the prohibition of torture or ill-treatment, and the essential elements of arbitrary deprivation of liberty, and to a fair trial". Quoting various Arab sources, Fars said Moscow had alerted Erdogan hours ahead of the coup, enabling him to take the necessary precautions for his safety.

More than 50,000 Turks have been detained or sacked over suspected links with the alleged mastermind. The cleric has denied any involvement.

The followers of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen are accused of using moles inside the Turkish military and government. Erdogan supporters, and many Turks opposed to Erdogan, are convinced of a USA finger in the attempt to topple Erdogan.

"(The country) remains an important partner in security and integration matters", Kern said, highlighting Turkey's key role in the ongoing migrant crisis. "And there was no sign of senior European Union representatives afterward flying to Turkey in support of an accession country facing the gravest threat to its constitutional order yet".

Erdogan slammed western governments' attitude towards Turkey following the overthrow attempt: "All viruses inside the Turkish Armed Forces, police and judiciary and all state establishments should be removed".

But Jagland said Turkey had to establish "clear procedures. evidences and clear judicial safeguards", as it presses ahead with the purges.

Speaking on Turkish national television earlier this week, Erdogan said ISIS and Kurdish groups such as the Kurdistan Socialist Workers party (PKK) and affiliates PYD and YPG, as well as Gulen's organization, were all as bad as each other in his eyes.

Almost 100 people, including several referees, have been fired by the Turkish football federation, two days after it announced all its committee members had resigned to "assist investigations" into the group accused of planning the coup.

Retired Ambassador Unal Cevikoz believes that Turkey was seriously traumatized by the coup attempt and is trying now to sound certain warnings to the West by floating the idea that it may move toward strategic ties with Russian Federation. "Maybe it is what they are most powerful at", he said in remarks to the heads of chambers of commerce in Ankara, according to multiple reports.

The "script" for the abortive revolt was "written abroad", he said. Henry Kissinger famously said that it's risky to be an enemy of the United States but to be America's friend is fatal and we see this pattern over and over.

Mr Erdogan complained in the interview with Mexico's Televisa television that United States authorities were asking for documents for the extradition of Pennsylvania-based Gulen, whom he accuses of being behind last month's failed military putsch. FILE - In this March 15, 2014 file photo, Turkish Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, sits at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pa.In a dispute between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, Turkey demands that the United States extradite Fethullah Gule.

Three Turkish parliamentary delegations have been despatched to London, Brussels and Washington to put the government's case.

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