Indonesia rejects Turkey's request to close Gulen-linked schools

Indonesia has rejected a request by Turkey to close nine schools that the Turkish government said were linked to dissident cleric Fethullah Gulen, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. 

The Turkish embassy in Jakarta last week released the names of nine schools in Indonesia that it said had ties to Gulen, who is accused by President Recep Tayip Erdogan of involvement in last month's coup attempt, which killed at least 265 people.

"As far as we are concerned, the schools' ties to the Turkish side ended in 2015," Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said. 

"All schools in Indonesia are subject to Indonesian rules," he said, adding that there was no evidence that the institutions had violated Indonesian laws.

The Turkish embassy said it had already raised concerns about the activities of what it called "Fethullah Terrorist Organization" in Indonesia some time ago.

Last update: Tue, 02/08/2016 - 13:57
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