Turkey Orders Arrest of Opponents on Terrorism Charges

December 19, 2014 4:53 PM

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A Turkish court has ordered the formal arrest of a television station chief and three police officials on terrorism charges, but ordered the release of eight others, including a newspaper editor, connected to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused of plotting to overthrow Turkey's government.

Turkish media also reported Friday that Instanbul's prosecutor had asked the court to issue an arrest warrant for the cleric, Fethullah Gulen, who heads the Muslim group known as Hizmet (Service) and once strongly supported President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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