Turkey’s religious authority denies illegal activity by imams in Germany

 Reuters International

FEB 17, 2017 – 
The new Central Mosque is photographed in Cologne, Germany, February 15, 2017. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

(reuters_tickers)

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The head of Turkey’s Diyanet religious authority denied on Friday that any of its imams had ever been involved in illegal activities and said investigations into them over alleged espionage had defamed the organisation.

Mehmet Gormez was speaking after German police on Wednesday raided the apartments of four imams suspected of spying for Turkey’s government on followers of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Ankara of organising a failed coup last July.

 

 

MORE:   http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/turkey-s-religious-authority-denies-illegal-activity-by-imams-in-germany/42968872

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