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Erdogan files complaint against ex-Pentagon official

American Enterprise Institute analyst is accused of insulting Turkish president on social media

Erdogan files complaint against ex-Pentagon official

By Zafer Fatih Beyaz


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday filed legal papers against former Pentagon official Michael Rubin.

Lodged to the Ankara Chief Prosecutor’s office by Erdogan’s lawyer Huseyin Aydin, the nine-page complaint letter accused Rubin -- an American Enterprise Institute (AEI) analyst -- of insulting the president.

The complaint, seen by Anadolu Agency, noted: "Rubin's illogical accusations and insulting tweets are not only a reflection of his hatred and anger towards President Erdogan but also against the Turkish Republic."

Rubin is accused of supporting and committing offenses for Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), which is blamed by Turkish government for being behind the July 15 defeated coup that left 250 people dead and around 2,200 injured.

In his columns and tweets, Rubin accused the Turkish president of using the coup attempt "to purge society of political and ideological opponents".

U.S.-based FETO leader Fetullah Gulen is accused of a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through infiltrating the Turkish state, particularly the military, police, and judiciary, forming the so-called parallel state.

Gulen has been living in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999.

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