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60-year-old farmer arrested by a provocateur correspondent’s notice

Murat Gulen, a 60-year-old villager who was detained after he publicly questioned the government’s narrative over the July 15, 2016 coup attempt during a video interview by the pro-government Ihlas News Agency, was arrested by a court on Friday and put in pre-trial detention in Erzurum.

On Thursday, Ihlas published the video recording, filmed in Fethullah Gulen’s hometown of Korucuk village, and media reported the same day that Gulen was taken into police custody for questioning.

Turkish government accuses the Gulen movement of masterminding the failed takeover while the latter denies involvement. More than 130,000 were held in custody and some 60,000 of them were remanded in pretrial detention over Gulen ties so far.

Evidence of Gulen links include depositing money into the movement-affliated, now-defunct Bank Asya, as mentioned by the villager during the interview.

Many were earlier targeted for raising question marks over the government’s narrative.

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