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    Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wave their national flags and hold a portrait of Fethullah Gulen, a U.S.-based Muslim cleric with Turkish words that read: the Coup nation traitor, FETO (Feto is the nickname of Fethullah Gulen), during a pro-government rally at Kizilay main square, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    Turkish Court Says No Such Terrorist Organization as FETO

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    Judges of a criminal court in the Turkish province of Hatay ecided that there is no officially designated terrorist organization such as FETO, according to local media.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A criminal court in the Turkish province of Hatay ruled that the Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organization (FETO), which Ankara believes to be behind the July coup attempt, did not exist, local media reported Sunday.

    Judges unanimously decided that there is no officially designated terrorist organization such as FETO, Turkish Minute newspaper reported, adding that the decision may set a precedent for similar cases where people are being accused of having links to the organization.

    On July 15, an attempted coup took place in Turkey, but was suppressed the following day. Over 40,000 people have been detained since the attempted overthrow of the Turkish government that led to over 260 deaths.

    On Wednesday, Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said up to 70,000 people had been investigated in the country for links to self-exiled Islamic cleric Fetullah Gulen and the so-called Fethullahist Terrorist Organization/Parallel State Structure (FETO) suspected of masterminding the attempted overthrow.

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