Domenica, 23 Ottobre, 2016

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A Turkish court on Tuesday remanded in custody the brother of Fetullah Gulen, accused by the government of plotting the July 15 deadly coup attempt.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said the death toll as a result of the military coup attempt stood at 246 people, excluding the coup plotters, and over 2,000 people were wounded.

"We thank the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation over showing solidarity by understanding our sensitivities and declaring the Gulen group as a terror group", Cavusoglu posted on his Twitter account and described the OIC move as a "milestone".

Many African and Asian countries have lent their support to Turkey in its fight against the organisation.

Founded in 1969, the OIC, with a current membership of 57 states, is the second-largest inter-governmental organisation after the United Nations and describes itself as "the collective voice of the Muslim world". It has 57 member states.

Detained in Izmir on October 2, Gulen denied the charges, saying: "I don't know anybody". He said that the failed coup - during which dozens of civilians were killed by pro-coup soldiers - looked "like a Hollywood movie".

Turkey has repeatedly asked the extradite Fetullah Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999.

The OIC's decision comes on the same day as Ankara extended its state of emergency for another 90 days.

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