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UK report: Gulenists took part in failed Turkey coup

British report indicates evidence that supporters of Fethullah Gulen participated in failed coup attempt last July.

A British parliament committee has released a report indicating evidence that individual members of Fethullah Gulen's group participated in Turkey's failed coup attempt. The failed coup attempt in July left more than 240 people dead 

The Foreign Affairs Committee report, released on Saturday, analyses the stance of the European Union in dealing with the failed coup last July.

The committee took evidence from supporters of Gulen, a Turkish preacher and businessman, and concluded that some of them were involved in the coup.

But it found no conclusive evidence to support Turkish government claims that the Gulen movement was behind the coup.

The report affirms the importance of Turkey as an international partner, but is also raising concerns about what it calls the weakening of both democracy and human rights there.  

It accuses Turkey of using its state of emergency to undermine democratic culture and human rights by suppressing criticism and political opposition, and recommends that Turkey is listed as a human rights priority country.

"Turkey is an important strategic partner facing a volatile period," said Crispin Blunt, chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

"It needs and deserves our support, but that support needs to include our critique where Turkish policy is not in its own, or our joint long-term interests: these are regional security and stability as well as strong and accountable institutions in Turkey."

Ankara says the July 15 failed coup bid, which left more than 240 people dead, was orchestrated by Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since 1999.

Turkey's government accuses Gulen's network of staging the coup attempt as well as being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.

This report first appeared on aljazeera.com

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