We’ve kept a very close eye on Turkey’s president Recep Erdogan’s inexorable transformation of that country from a Westernized, pluralistic society to an Islamic dictatorship, and here’s another stepping stone on the way. Apparently prosecutors are attempting to imprison a dentist because he provided dental care to Erdogan’s political opponent, Fethullah Gülen.
From Turkish Minute:
Turkish prosecutors are seeking 15-year jail sentences for Turkish dentists who reportedly provided dental treatment to Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen several times in the past, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Monday.
Dentist Ali İlker Baştan and his wife Esma Kuriş Baştan, who is also a dentist, were detained by police last month and later put in prison on charges of membership in a terror organization, involvement in activities on behalf of a terror organization and aiding and abetting a terror organization.
According to the news agency, Baştan owns a dental clinic in İstanbul and paid several visits to the US to provided dental treatment to Gülen in the past.
Gülen has denied the accusations from Erdogan’s government that he is operating a shadow-government in Turkey in an attempt to overthrow the powers that be and install himself. In fact, Erdogan blamed Gülen for the failed coup that many believe Erdogan planned and executed himself in order to strengthen his grip on society in Turkey. Officials in his government also accused the United States of helping plan the coup attempt, which is insane.
Turkey was also the scene of an ISIS attack on New Year’s Eve on the “Reina” night club where dozens were gunned down.