December 19, 2014 / 5:58 PM / 3 years ago

Turkish court orders arrest of U.S.-based cleric Gulen, media reports

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish court issued an arrest warrant on Friday for U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom President Tayyip Erdogan accuses of trying to overthrow him, media reported.

Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen is pictured at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Selahattin Sevi/Zaman Daily via Cihan News Agency

The prosecutor, applying for the warrant, said he should be charged with setting up or running an armed “terrorist” group, the state-run Anatolian news agency said.

Reporting by Ayla Jean Yackley; editing by Ralph Boulton

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