Turkey adds exiled Palestinian politician Dahlan to list of most wanted terrorists

Muhammed Dahlan

Turkey has added exiled Palestinian politician Mohammed Dahlan to its “red list” of most-wanted terrorism suspects, offering a reward of up to 10 million lira ($1.75 million) for information leading to his capture, the Interior Ministry said on Friday, according to Reuters.

Arrest warrants have been issued for Dahlan on accusations of playing a role in a 2016 attempted coup in Turkey, seeking to change the constitutional order by force and various espionage-related charges, the ministry said in a statement. Dahlan has also recently been an outspoken critic of Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan.

Turkey accuses US-based cleric Fethullah Gülen and his followers of carrying out the failed putsch of July 2016, when rogue soldiers commandeered warplanes, tanks and helicopters in a bid to seize power in which some 250 people were killed. Gülen strongly denies any involvement.

Dahlan has lived in the United Arab Emirates since he was driven out of the Palestinian territories in 2011 after a row with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. He was formerly an elected member of Abbas’ Fatah party central committee, and was a fierce foe of Hamas, the Islamist group that rules the Gaza Strip and that has forged close ties with Turkey.

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