Gulen to launch legal action against pro-gov’t Star over libel

Turkish-Islamic scholar Fethullah Gandulen will launch legal action against the pro-government Star daily for engaging in further attempts to libel and defame him, this time claiming that Gandulen sent a coded message to some of his followers ordering them to andquotpoison certain jurists who are overseeing an investigation into the Gandulen movement.andquot
In a written statement released on Friday, Gandulenand’s lawyer Nurullah Albayrak said the story published in the daily has no place in a discourse rooted in morality, conscience, logic or justice, adding: andquotLike many other stories published by the same media outlet, this is obviously libel. [andhellip] All required legal actions will be taken against those who engage in it.and”
The report in the daily claimed that Gandulen issued the covert orders during a discussion of religion on May 14.
The daily also claimed that Prosecutor ismail Uandcar, despite not being a subscriber to Todayand’s Zaman, ordered that the paper be tossed out, fearing that it might contain arsenic.
During the discussion said to have included the coded orders, Gandulen emphasized the significance of being honest and of not breaching the publicand’s rights to serve the political agenda of those governing the country.
After a corruption scandal erupted on Dec. 17, 2013, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and then-Prime Minister and current President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the Gandulen movement of instigating the probe into the corruption as part of a plot against the government.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman