CHP’s book on Gülen movement’s political wing blocked by court - party spokesman

A Turkish court has ruled to block the publication of a book by the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) detailing the political wing of the Gülen movement, a former ally of the ruling party that Ankara accuses of having orchestrated a coup attempt in July 2016, CHP deputy Faik Öztrak said.

The court’s decision to ban the publication, distribution and sales of the CHP-produced  book “FETÖ’s Political Wing in 21 Questions,’’ for “inciting enmityand hatred’’was communicated to the CHP headquarters in Ankara, Gerçek Gündem website cited Öztrak as saying.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the movement had a falling out that became public in late 2013, three years after which the Turkish government accused the group of masterminding the failed putsch that killed 250 people and injured over 1,000, as the culmination of a long-running scheme to overthrow Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by infiltrating Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

The AKP hasrejected calls by the CHP for a parliamentary investigation into the political establishment of the Gülen movement, which the government designates a terror organisation.

“Recalling and banning this book is a strong intervention on the political activities of the main opposition party by the ruling party,’’ Öztrak said.