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 Turkish prosecutor sought a jail sentence of up to 34 years on Thursday for an influential U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused by President Tayyip Erdogan of plotting a coup, the state-run Anadolu Agency said.In a further sign of authorities stepping up their offensive against Fethullah Gulen, a second prosecutor called for the formal arrest of four businessmen detained in the central Turkish city of Kayseri as part of a police operation targeting the cleric's supporters. Police detained seven people on Wednesday in Kayseri as part of a probe into a "parallel structure" that Erdogan accuses Gulen of operating in the judiciary and police, local media said.Memduh Boydak's group, Kayseri-based Boydak Holding, employs 14,000 people, exports to 140 countries and has annual sales of 6.5 billion lira ($2.2 billion), according to its website.Gulen denies such links, and describes the PKK as a terrorist organization.
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