Germany is now openly questioning the claim that the July 15 coup attempt was the work of a conspiracy organized the Philadelphia-based cleric, Fetulllah Gulen. Meanwhile, the Turkish government accuses Germany of harbouring terrorism.
Gulen, not a terrorist
The head of the German Secret services (BND), Bruno Kahl, told Der Spiegel magazine that his agency is “not convinced” the Philadelphia-based cleric, Fethullah Gulen, organized Turkey’s July 15 coup attempt.
Kahl’s view is that the Gulen movement is not a terrorist organization but a “civic association that aims to provide further religious and secular education.”
Der Spiegel’s interview was published on Saturday.
Nazis, harboring terrorism
On Sunday the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, of employing “Nazi measures.” The Turkish President accused the German Chancellor of personally targeting the Turkish Diaspora and members of the government who wished to campaign for “Yes” for the April 16 Constitutional Referendum.
“You are right now employing Nazi measures,” Erdogan said, rhetorically addressing Merkel, DW reports.
The interview with BND’s Director was published by Der Spiegel on Saturday, following the arrest of Die Welt’s correspondent in Turkey, Deniz Yucel. Yucel is a German citizen of Turkish origin whom President Erdogan called on Sunday a “terrorist agent.”
Turkey’s Prime Minister, Binali Yıldırım, and Justice Minister, Bekir Bozdag, echoed President Erdogan in suggesting that Germany is harbouring terrorism. Government officials were referring to a Kurdish demonstration in Frankfurt, Anadolu Agency reports, where some of the supporters were holding PKK insignia, Reuters reports.
“Unfortunately, the German government and officials have embraced the PKK and other terrorist groups,” Justice Minister Bozdag said, according to Anadolu Agency.