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Turkish cleric Gulen deplores ruling AK Party actions

In a rare BBC interview the influential Turkish Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen has condemned Turkey's ruling AK Party over its response to a major corruption investigation.

He called the dismissal of senior investigators in the police and judiciary "anti-democratic", describing it as an attempt to undermine his supporters.

Mr Gulen was speaking from self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, in the US, from where he now leads his global Hizmet movement. It was the 74-year-old scholar's first broadcast interview in 16 years.

  • 27 Jan 2014
  • From the section Europe