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Turkish deputy PM says criticism of graft probe not aimed at US cleric

Source: Reuters - Wed, 18 Dec 2013 03:52 PM
Author: Reuters
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ANKARA, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said on Wednesday his criticism of a wide-spread corruption investigation was not aimed at the movement of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose followers are influential in the police and judiciary.

"It is incorrect to associate a meaning to my comments that would create a confrontation with the community," he said, referring to Gulen's Hizmet (Service) movement, whose followers say they number in the millions.

(Reporting by Gulsen Solaker; Writing by Nick Tattersall; editing by Ralph Boulton)

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