US judge dismisses civil case funded by the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoan against prominent critic who is based in Pennsylvania

A US judge has dismissed a human rights lawsuit against Fethullah Glen, a US-based Turkish cleric who is a former ally turned prominent critic of his home countrys president, Recep Tayyip Erdoan.

The lawsuit, funded by Turkey, had claimed the Muslim cleric in Pennsylvania orchestrated human rights abuses in his native Turkey.

Erdoans government funded the civil suit as part of a crackdown on the cleric and his movement.

Gulens attorneys had called the suit pure political theatre and an attempt by Erdoan to silence Glen, who has criticised the Turkish leader.

The suit contended that Glen ordered sympathetic police, prosecutors and judges in Turkey to target members of a rival spiritual movement critical of his teachings.

US District Judge Robert Mariani in Scranton dismissed the suit on Wednesday.

A spokesman for Glens defence said the US justice system worked as it should.

The plaintiffs attorney had no immediate response.

With the Associated Press

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/30/fethullah-gulen-lawsuit-thrown-out-in-setback-for-turkeys-erdogan

Fethullah Glen lawsuit thrown out in setback for Turkey’s Erdoan
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