Turkish court orders seizure of Gulen's assets across country

A Turkish court has ordered authorities to seize all assets in Turkey belonging to Fethullah Gulen, the preacher the government blames for the July 15 coup attempt, state-run Anadolu news agency reported Friday.

The order from an Adana court applies to all property and bank accounts belonging to Gulen and three alleged allies. The motion to confiscate the assets was opened prior to the coup attempt.

Gulen, a Turkish-born preacher living in the United States in self-imposed exile since 1999, denies the charges against him. Turkey's demand that the US extradite him have strained relations, but Ankara has yet to file a formal request.

Washington said its judicial system will weigh the merits of the case once it receives an extradition request.

Gulen and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were allies for more than a decade. The two had a falling out over political differences in recent years.

Turkey has suspended around 65,000 civil servants and rescinded the licenses of 21,000 teachers since the failed putsch, alleging they have ties to the preacher.

Police have detained 35,022 people, of whom 17,740 have been formally arrested under court orders, since the failed putsch.

Last update: Fri, 12/08/2016 - 11:41

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