Turk­ish po­lice raid Is­tan­bul me­dia group

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Turk­ish po­lice have stormed the head­quar­ters a me­dia group linked to US-based Is­lamic cleric Fethul­lah Gulen days be­fore the coun­try’s elec­tion.

Of­fi­cers used chain­saws to smash through the gates of the me­dia com­pound, ac­cord­ing to footage broad­cast live on TV.

Mr Gulen, the spir­i­tual leader of the Hizmet move­ment, is a ri­val of Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan.

The editor-in-chief of Bu­gun TV - one of the group’s tele­vi­sion chan­nels - spoke to view­ers mo­ments be­fore the raid, say­ing: “Do not be sur­prised if you see po­lice in our stu­dio in the next few min­utes.

An Ankara court or­dered the seizure of Koza-Ipek’s com­pa­nies as part of a crack­down on Gulen’s al­lies.

Pres­i­dent Alas­sane Ou­at­tara (L) waves to sup­port­ers af­ter vot­ing in the Cocody res­i­den­tial dis­trict of Abidjan

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