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    Azerbaijan Prosecutor's Office Opens Criminal Case Against Gulen Supporters

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    The General Prosecutor’s Office of Azerbaijan launched a criminal investigation gainst supporters of US-based dissident Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, according to official statement.

    BAKU (Sputnik) – The General Prosecutor’s Office of Azerbaijan has launched a criminal case against supporters of US-based dissident Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, the head spokesman of the organization said Monday.

    On July 15, the Turkish authorities said that an attempted coup was taking place in the country, which was suppressed the next day. Ankara believes that Gulen and his supporters were seeking to overthrow the current government. The cleric, who has been living in the US state of Pennsylvania since 1999, has denied the allegations that he orchestrated the coup attempt.

    "In order to prevent illegal actions on the Azerbaijani Republic’s territory by supporters of Fethullah Gulen’s terrorist organization, the General Prosecutor’s Office of the country launched a criminal investigation," Eldar Sultanov told RIA Novosti.

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