A handout picture released by Zaman Daily shows exiled Turkish Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen at his residence on September 24, 2013 in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. AFP PHOTO/ZAMAN DAILY/SELAHATTIN SEVI
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A U.S.-based Muslim cleric, who has become Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's chief foe, went on trial in absentia in Istanbul on Wednesday, accused of attempting to overthrow the government by instigating corruption probes in 2013 that targeted people close to the Turkish leader.The government has been cracking down on Gulen's moderate Islamic movement since December 2013, when prosecutors launched a corruption investigation implicating four government ministers and other people close to Erdogan, including his son.The Turkish government now claims that Gulen has been running a parallel state by getting his followers into key positions in state institutions, including the police and judiciary.
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