Turkey PM chief adviser was detained over alleged Gulen links

Vastavam web: Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s chief adviser was detained today over suspected links to the movement of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen blamed for last year’s failed coup, state media reported. Birol Erdem, a former senior justice ministry official, was taken into custody in Ankara along with his wife Gulumser Erdem, Anadolu news agency said.The Turkish government claims Gulen ordered the July 15 attempt to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from power.Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999, denies the charges.
Erdem was called to testify as a witness last year fin an investigation into followers of Gulen’s movement after several suspected members named him in their testimonies, Hurriyet daily reported.Turkish authorities have arrested over 50,000 people including judges, prosecutors, police officers and members of the armed forces, accusing them of having connections with the Gulen movement, justice ministry officials told Anadolu last week.