Gulen urges to stop witch hunt:

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Gulen

US-based Mus­lim cleric Fethul­lah Gulen, the man blamed by Tur­key for a failed coup at­tempt a year ago, on Fri­day again de­nied any in­volve­ment in what he called a “de­spi­ca­ble putsch,” and called on Ankara to end its “witch hunt” of his fol­low­ers.

“Ac­cu­sa­tions against me re­lated to the coup at­tempt are base­less, po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated slan­ders,” Gulen, who lives at a com­pound in ru­ral Penn­syl­va­nia, said in a state­ment.

Gulen’s state­ment came a day be­fore Tur­key marks the first an­niver­sary of a mil­i­tary-led bid to seize power from Er­do­gan — a bid which Ankara says was or­dered by Gulen. (AFP)

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