Turkish imam in Australia mobilizes worshippers to spy on Gülen movement

Arslan is heard asking people to report “every kind of information” regarding Gülen movement’s activities in Australia to Turkish consulates, in a video footage captured at the Sülaymaniye Mosque.

Consulates should even know who gives advertising to the movement-affiliated newspapers, Arslan underlined.

The video was recorded after a religious gathering at the mosque in Perth, the capital city of the state of Western Australia and the 4th most populous city in Australia. Süleymaniye Mosque is funded by Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), a controversial branch that has been mired in allegations of espionage against Turkish expats critical of the government and Turkey’s autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Turkish government has pinned the blame for the July 15 coup attempt on the Gülen movement and has launched a world-wide witch hunt against its sympathisers.

German weekly Der Spiegel said last week that Turkish government has been spying on its own citizens in 35 countries with the help of its diplomatic outpost and mosques. Diyanet played a crucial role in spying activities asking its overseas personnel to profile the movement supporters. (turkeypurge.com) April 7, 2017

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