Turkey coup may have been staged by President Erdogan, says exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen


The reclusive cleric blamed by Turkey’s president for the failed coup in Turkey claims the uprising by the country’s military may have been “staged” by the government.

In a rare interview, Fethullah Gülen, who is in exile in the US, denied all claims he was behind the coup and instead made the counter-claim that Turkey’s president had orchestrated the revolt.

He told The Guardian: “I don’t believe that the world believes the accusations made by President Erdoğan.

“There is a possibility that it could be a staged coup and it could be meant for further accusations [against the Gülenists].”

Gülen, who now lives in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, leads a popular movement called Hizmet which split from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over a corruption scandal in 2013.

He claimed he only knew a “minute fraction” of his followers still in Turkey and so could not confirm or deny their “potential involvement” in the attempted coup. – READ MORE

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