Turkish police detain producer of Erdogan film over Gulen links

July 13, 2017 14:55
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ISTANBUL - Turkish police detained the producer of a film on the life of President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday, accusing him of ties to the Muslim cleric Ankara says orchestrated last year's attempted coup, state media said.

His arrest came a day after the release on social media of a trailer for a new film by Ali Avci entitled "Awakening," about the failed July 15 putsch. Ceremonies have been arranged for Saturday commemorating the action in which 249 people died.

State-run Anadolu news agency said Avci was accused of membership of the "Gulenist Terror Organisation" (FETO), as Turkey refers to the movement of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, an ally-turned-foe of Erdogan.

Anti-terror police seized Avci at his Istanbul home and also seized another man identified as a fugitive sought for being a user of ByLock, an encrypted messaging app Ankara says was used by Gulen's followers, the agency added.

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