German prosecutors say they are investigating a Turkish man who was arrested in Düsseldorf on suspicion of spying on supporters of the cleric Fethullah Gulen’s movement while acting on behalf of Turkish intelligence services.
BERLIN – German prosecutors said on Friday they were investigating a Turkish man arrested in Düsseldorf on suspicion of spying on supporters of the cleric Fethullah Gulen’s movement while acting on behalf of Turkish intelligence services.
The suspect, identified only as Ali D. under German privacy rules, was arrested at a Düsseldorf hotel on September 17 after an employee found a gun on him and called the police.
Federal prosecutors, who handle cases involving national security in Germany, said they had picked up the case from Düsseldorf investigators. They are investigating the arrested man on suspicion of espionage and weapons violation, prosecutors said in an email response to a question about German media reports on the investigation.
Prosecutors said there were indications that Ali D. had collected information on supporters of the Gülen movement living in the Cologne area for the Turkish intelligence service at MIT. He is also charged with possession of 200 cartridges.
Turkey has accused US-based Muslim cleric Gulen, a former ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for an attempted coup in 2016. Gulen rejects the accusation.
The Turkish government has called its network a terrorist group.