Turkey arrests 38 for ‘framing’ Fenerbahce personnel in scandal
Turkey has arrested 38 people on suspicion of framing players and officials from Turkish soccer club Fenerbahce in a 2011 match–fixing investigation, according to the Associated Press.
In total, 64 arrest warrants have been issued for suspects in the case, which include former police chiefs, lawyers and journalists.
In 2011, team president Aziz Yildirim was among a number of Fenerbahce officials arrested on charges of corruption in a match-fixing scandal. All the officials have since been acquitted.
The club has held that the scandal was orchestrated by Fethullah Gulen's moderate Islamic movement in an effort to take over one of Turkey's biggest soccer clubs.
The suspects who have been arrested for framing could face charges of belonging to a “terror organization” due to the possible connection with Gulen, a Turkish political figure and former imam who has exiled himself to the United States. Authorities in the country have accused his movement of attempting to overthrow the government, despite the fact that Gulen's movement isn't violent, according to the AP.
Gulen's organization has denied plotting against the government.