The Turkish government has indicted an influential Islamic cleric, Fethullah Gulen, who has been in exile in Pennsylvania, United States of America, since 1999, as the mastermind of the botched July 15 coup allegedly staged by a faction of the Turkish Armed Forces in some cities of Turkey, particularly in Ankara and Istanbul.
The indictment was made on Tuesday by the Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Hakan Cakil, during a press briefing with journalists in Abuja.
The ambassador, who noted that peace has since returned to the country owing to the strong resistance put up by the citizens of the country, however vowed that any person found guilty would be made to face the full wrath of the country’s constitution.
“This coup attempt was staged by the Fethullah Gülen Terrorist Organization (FETÖ). Our government has been constantly exposing the real motives of this terrorist group and its leader, Fethullah Gülen, to all allies and partners. The failed coup is the latest criminal act revealing the danger posed by FETÖ”.
“Our President, Prime Minister, Government and Members of Turkish Grand National Assembly and the Turkish people all together defeated this coup attempt and stood by democracy and rule of law.
“The terrorists will be punished in accordance with the law”, the ambassador said.