The German Federal Prosecutor’s Office announced on Friday the arrest of a Turkish citizen in a hotel in Dusseldorf, Germany, on suspicion of spying on the Gulen movement for Turkey..
The prosecution in charge of espionage cases said that the man known as Ali D. He was arrested on September 17, and is subject to “preliminary procedures. He is suspected of activities as an agent of the intelligence services, as well as violating the arms law,” noting that the man was collecting information in the Cologne region about the network of the preacher Fethullah Gulen, who is being pursued by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan..
His goal was to pass on the collected information to the Turkish intelligence services.
Quoting the authorities of the regional state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where Dusseldorf and Cologne are located, the German daily Tagesspiegel reported that he may have orchestrated an attack targeting members of the Gulen network..
Security sources told the newspaper that Ali d. Right-wing extremist recruited by Turkish intelligence.
The man, who German media said was 40, was arrested after a hotel employee found a gun in his room and called the police..
The prosecution also accused him of possessing 200 bullets.
Turkish authorities accuse the Gulen network of being behind the failed coup against Erdogan in 2016. Since then, the Turkish president has launched a relentless crackdown on alleged Gulenists that has extended to pro-Kurdish dissidents and civil society organizations.
Since 2016, more than 300,000 people have been arrested in the fight against the Gülen movement and nearly 3,000 have been sentenced to life in prison, according to the authorities..
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