A Turkish court has ruled the arrest of Kemalettin Gülen, lawyer-turned journalist and the nephew of the Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, whom the government accuses of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt.
Served as prime time newscaster for years, Gülen was detained by police on Aug 11in Turkey’s Kastamonu province, as part of an investigation into the Gülen Movement, a grassroots social initiative inspired from the teachings of Gülen.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 which killed some 240 people and wounded a thousand others. While the government accuses Gülen of masterminding the putsch, he has repeatedly repudiated such claims, condemning any intervention into democratically-elected administrations.
Some 82,000 people have been purged from state bodies, 40,000 detained and 20,000 arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees included journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian.