A document dated Sept. 26, 2016 shows that a Turkey’s religious official in Belgium profiled Gülen movement expatriates living in the European country and their activities, in response to an earlier call from Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet).
The document, shared by the Twitter account of the Brussels-based Vocal Europe news portal, confirms that Adil Şahin from the office of Religious Affairs Counsellor at the Turkish consulate in Brussels prepared a 8-page report about the Gülen movement or what the President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan calls FETÖ– short for alleged Fethullahist Terrorist Organization. —
Belgium officials said they would withdraw recognition of Diyanet mosques in the country if necessary.
“We request that you send a detailed report about all FETÖ networks, activities, educational institutions [kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, faculties, dormitories, etc.] NGOs, aid organizations, human resources, associations that host cultural activities, etc., to email@example.com by Sept. 27, 2016,” said a document sent by Diyanet to Turkish embassies, consulates and Office of Religious Services counselors, attachés, coordinators and coordinators of religious officials’ directors.
According to Turkish Minute news outlet, profiling reports were asked to be ready for presentation to religious leaders who were participating in the 9th Eurasia Islamic Council, organized by the Diyanet in İstanbul on Oct. 11-14.
Diyanet’s Belgium branch earlier denied the existence of such a request from its headquarters in Turkey.