Home Affairs Minister Liesbeth Homans said the Flemist government has lifted the recognition of the Turkish government-sponsored Fatih mosque in the northern city of Beringen.
“I can’t tolerate groups are pitted against each other or excluded,” Homans said over the weekend.
Fatih mosque, one of the largest in Belgium, has been under fire for quite some time as its imam is accused of espionage against Gulen movement followers.
In her statement, Homans said the mosque considers the movement on par with the terrorist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), however, she added, the group is not known as subversive or extremist according to Flemish security records.
The mosque, which lost its subsidies from the Flemish government after the latest move, is a part of overseas network of Diyanet, Turkey’s state-run directorate for religious affairs.
Turkish government accuses the movement of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt. The movement denies involvement.
A confidential document, leaked on the Internet, dated Sept. 20, 2016, said that the Diyanet asked Turkish missions and religious representatives abroad to profile Gülen movement expatriates living in their respective countries. The spying mostly targeted Europe-based followers of the movement.