Germany: 20 probed on suspicion of spying for Turkey

2017-04-06 15:52
Fethullah Gulen. (Christ Post, AP)

Fethullah Gulen. (Christ Post, AP)

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Berlin - Germany's Interior Ministry says prosecutors are investigating 20 people suspected of spying for Turkey on people in Germany thought to be supporters of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

The Turkish government claims Gulen supporters were behind a July coup attempt, which Gulen denies.

In a reply to a query in Parliament from the Left party, provided on Thursday to The Associated Press, the Ministry said federal prosecutors are investigating 16 known suspects and four others. It wouldn't reveal how many were still in the country, citing the ongoing investigations.

Germany in February raided homes of four Islamic clerics affiliated with the union of Turkish-Islamic cultural organisations in Germany, or DITIB, suspected of spying on Turkish government opponents.

The Ministry says Turkey has been steadily increasing the number of clerics sent to DITIB.

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