Links to the individual interviews given by Fethullah Gulen on the one year anniversary of Turkey’s July 15th coup attempt.

NPR

Cleric Accused Of Plotting Turkish Coup Attempt: ‘I Have Stood Against All Coups’

On July 15 last year, in an attempted coup, a faction of the Turkish military bombed government buildings, blocked roads, and bridges and attempted to overthrow President Recep, Tayyip Erdogan. The coup attempt was quelled by the next day — but Turkey has been feeling the repercussions ever since.

The government has engaged in sweeping purges, arresting tens of thousands and firing more than 100,000 people from their jobs, including civil servants, university professors, and soldiers.

Read full story here: http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/07/11/536011222/cleric-accused-of-plotting-turkish-coup-attempt-i-have-stood-against-all-coups

 

REUTERS

Cleric Gulen says he would not flee U.S. to avoid extradition to Turkey

Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused by Turkey of instigating last year’s failed coup, says he has no plans to flee the United States and would accept extradition if Washington agrees to a request by Ankara to hand him over.

In an interview in his gated compound in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, Gulen, 79, denied a Turkish government allegation from February that he was preparing to leave for Canada to avoid extradition.

Read full story here: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-gulen-usa-idUSKBN19W2VQ

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL 

Accused Turkish Cleric Assails President on Anniversary of Coup Attempt

The reclusive cleric who was accused by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of planning a coup attempt one year ago from his gated U.S. compound urged in a rare interview that the West stand up to what he called Turkey’s increasingly authoritarian leader.

Read full story here: http://rumiforum.org/accused-turkish-cleric-assails-president-on-anniversary-of-coup-attempt/

 

FRANCE 24

Gulen admits meeting key figure in Turkey coup plot, dismisses Erdogan’s ‘senseless’ claims

In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Fethullah Gulen admitted meeting a key figure in Turkey’s July 2016 attempted coup. But the Turkish cleric said that a mere visit from one of his followers isn’t proof he orchestrated the failed coup.

Turkey’s most-wanted man shuffles into a spacious room that doubles as a prayer space in his rural Pennsylvania home-in-exile. The reclusive, 76-year-old Turkish cleric is ailing and notoriously averse to press coverage.

Read full story here: http://www.france24.com/en/20170718-gulen-admits-meeting-key-man-turkey-coup-plot-dismisses-erdogan-senseless-claims

 

TEMPO.CO

Fethullah Gulen: Erdogan is not Fit to be President

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Whenever the failed military coup which took place in Turkey on July 15, 2016, is talked about, his name will also be mentioned. But Muhammad Fethullah Gulen, 79, accused of being the brain behind the coup believes that event was in fact engineered to benefit Prime Minister (now President) Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Known as Hojaefendi–the highest spiritual teacher–Gulen has become Erdogan’s arch enemy. The President’s supporters are pushing hard to get Gulen extradited from the United States.

Read full story here: https://en.tempo.co/read/news/2017/07/26/241894729/Fethullah-Gullen-Erdogan-is-not-Fit-to-be-President

 

EGYPT TODAY

Exclusive: Interview with Fethullah Gülen, home sickness and fabricated coup

It is not easy to find a Turkish political dissident old man who is being chased by regimes and terrorist organizations from all over the world. Fethullah Gülen, leader of Hizmet movement who has been living as a Political refugee in Pennsylvania, USA for more than 20 years talked to Egypt Today through email about several issues, including the current political regime in Turkey, the real reasons of his dispute with Erdogan and his expectations for his country’s future.

Read full story here: http://rumiforum.blogspot.com/2017/08/exclusive-interview-with-fethullah.html#axzz4plnxFQGg

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