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Elif Ayyildiz, the wife of 56-year-old iemsettin Ayyildiz, who was detained as part of a government-initiated operation recently carried out against the faith-based Gandulen movement in Manisa, has criticized the treatment of her husband by police officers, saying he wasnand’t even allowed to take his regular heart medication.
Police officers detained 26 people including lawyers and educators on Nov. 10 in an operation carried out against the Gandulen movement, popularly known as the Hizmet movement and inspired by the teachings of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gandulen.
Officers from the Manisa Police Department simultaneously conducted raids on 35 locations on the charges of individuals providing financial support to the and”parallel structure,and” a term invented by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to refer to the Gandulen movement. The operation was authorized by the Manisa Chief Public Prosecutorand’s Office based on reasonable suspicion.
All 26 detainees were released in several groups over the following days. On Nov. 17, seven of them were again detained and arrested, including Ayyildiz, who in response to the situation said: and”I even pass a knife to family members by holding the sharp side so as not to frighten anyone. And here I am being arrested on terrorism charges.and”
Speaking to Todayand’s Zaman on Friday, Elif Ayyildiz said her husband has a heart condition and had an operation. and”How can we trust those who wouldnand’t even let him take his prescribed medication? How can we be at ease? I pray to God for justice to be restored immediately,and” she said.
Ahmet AkDogan, Ayyildizand’s 70-year-old father-in-law, also slammed the arrest, saying they had never before been insulted in such a manner under the rule other political parties. Emphasizing that his son-in-law and the others arrested in the operation are credible and respected people, AkDogan added: and”Iand’m a teacher and a theologian. Iand’ve educated thousands of students. I canand’t explain this situation to them because we have never before seen this many unlawful events happening at the same time.and”
President Erdogan and his political associates have for some time accused the Gandulen movement of being a terrorist organization, despite the absence of any concrete evidence. Gandulen is a critic of the government, accusing it of being corrupt, engaging in favoritism and abusing religion for political and personal gain. Erdogan has relentlessly targeted Gandulen following a graft scandal that erupted in December 2013 and implicated members of his family and senior government officials.


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