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    Turkish Police Seize $650,000 in Operation Against Cleric Gulen’s Movement

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    Turkish police on Friday confiscated the equivalent of some $650,000 during an operation against the movement of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, local media reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The operation was carried out in Istanbul and targeted a suspect with links to the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETO), allegedly run by Gulen and designated as a terrorist organization by Ankara, Daily Sabah newspaper said.

    The money, believed to be benevolent payments, was hidden in a car in the parking lot of a building.

    Ankara believes that FETO is responsible for the recent failed coup in the country. In 2014, Turkey opened an investigation into the organization's activities to allegedly overthrow the government. Gulen multiple faces charges, including treason, which he denies.

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