Gulen faces life in prison on coup attempt charges

Aggravated life sentence demanded for Fethullah Gulen on charge of attempting coup against Turkish government

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

US-based Turkish preacher, Fethullah Gulen is pictured at his residence in Pennsylvania, United States.

Updated Oct 2, 2015

An indictment presented by a Turkish prosecutor from the Chief Prosecutor's Office in Istanbul on Oct.1, is asking for an aggravated life sentence for the US-based Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen, charging him and 67 others with plotting coup against the democratically elected Turkish government.

According to the indictment, which came as a part of the "parallel state probe," Gulen is being charged with attempting to overthrow the Turkish government or prevent it from performing its duties, founding and managing an armed organization, and obtaining confidential information on state’s security for political or military espionage.

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his son Bilal Erdogan, Berat Albayrak, Serhat Albayrak, National Intelligence Organization (MIT) Chief, Hakan Fidan and Deputy Prime Minister, Yalcin Akdogan are named in the indictment as plaintiffs, while Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu and several ministers are named as the victims.

According to Anadolu Agency, the indictment was submitted to the Public Prosecutor of Istanbul, for approval to be sent to court.

Fethullah Gulen, the leader of the ‘Gulen Movement’ is being accused of playing a key role during the December 17-25 events and currently has two outstanding arrest warrants.

An Istanbul prosecutor asked for a 34-year jail term for him on Sept. 18, on the charges of "conspiracy, forgery of official documents and slander" as a part of the "parallel state" probe.

The "parallel state" is an alleged structure formed by the inner circle of the Gulen movement within government institutions such as judiciary, police force and bureaucracy, in order to overthrow the Turkish government.

TRTWorld and agencies