Turkey charges Islamist leader with insulting Erdoğan

Turkish prosecutors have charged the leader of an Islamist group with “inciting hatred” and “insulting the president” and authorities shut down the foundation he founded.

Turkish police raided the offices Furkan Foundation in the southern province of Adana on Tuesday and detained 24 people, including its founder Alparslan Kuytul, who could face up to seven years in jail.

Authorities have launched an investigation into the group and consider it a “criminal organisation” that “carries out activities that would threaten public order” Turkish local press reported.

The pro-government newspaper Sabah said Kuytul had made statements supporting the failed 2016 coup.