Turkey issues arrest warrant for Muslim cleric Gulen: state broadcaster

Supporters of Zaman daily newspaper wawe Turkish flags outside Istanbul's courthouse during a protest against the hugely controversial raids targeting Zaman newspaper and television channel linked to US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen on Dec 18,
Supporters of Zaman daily newspaper wawe Turkish flags outside Istanbul's courthouse during a protest against the hugely controversial raids targeting Zaman newspaper and television channel linked to US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen on Dec 18, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. -- PHOTO: AFP

ISTANBUL (REUTERS) - Turkey has issued an arrest warrant for U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who President Tayyip Erdogan accuses of seeking to overthrow him, state broadcaster TRT Haber reported on Friday.

Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999, has been in open conflict with Erdogan since a corruption probe targeting the then-prime minister's inner circle a year ago. Erdogan blamed the investigation on Gulen, but the cleric denied involvement.

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