The recent probes into the activities of the FETO/PSS by the Public Prosecutor’s Office have shown that under the banner of service, tolerance and humanitarian organizations, the FETO/PSS and its leader Fethullah Gülen have established and managed an illegal organization, exposed confidential information belonging to the state for political or military espionage purposes, attempted to overthrow or obstruct the function of the Government of the Republic of Turkey, violated the confidentiality of private life, engaged in unlawful recording of personal information, forged official documents, fabricated crimes, destroyed evidence and laundered money.
The Turkish High Court has found concrete evidence of the involvement of Gülen followers in the assassination of Hrant Dink, a well-known Turkish-Armenian journalist, in 2007. Colonel M. Demirkaya, one of the coup plotters arrested in the latest operations, is the key person in Dink’s killing.13 Also in 2002 Assoc. Prof. Necip Hablemitoğlu was killed in front of his house, while he was writing an investigative and critical book on Gülen. Hablemitoğlu’s wife has long voiced the involvement of Gülenists in the murder of his husband citing previous death threats. The judicial process has been blocked many times by the Gülenist police officers and judges until recently. The investigation was reopened in 2014 and has made considerable progress since then.
FETO/PSS also used its adherents to launch judicial and administrative investigations based on forged evidence against certain people to discredit and force them to work with the Structure. The inconsistencies by Gülenist judges and police during the Ergenekon, Balyoz (Sledgehammer) and other high profile cases are other examples of the way Gülenists abused their power to further the criminal objectives of FETO/PSS.
In addition, FETO/PSS planted its members within the state bodies through fraud, namely by gaining access to state selection examinations. For instance, in 2010 on the orders of F. Gülen himself, the exam questions and answer keys of the Public Personnel Selection Examination (KPSS) were stolen and handed out to certain PSS members. Since the KPSS exam is the only way to be hired by state-run agencies, the members with high scores were placed strategically in critical state bodies. Apart from this, Gülenists have also manipulated the selection committees and eliminated candidates who were not of their ideology. This was particularly the case during the interviews for career professions such as specialists, inspectors, diplomats, researchers etc. Currently F. Gülen himself is the “prime suspect” in over 50 different criminal indictments.
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