TEHRAN, Dec 14_Turkey has placed exiled former strongman of Palestinian Fatah party Mohammed Dahlan on its most-wanted terrorist list, offering a $1.7m reward for information on his whereabouts.
TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_The Turkish Interior Ministry said in a statement on Friday that search and detention warrants have been issued for Dahlan on charges of involvement in the failed July 2016 coup attempt against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with the followers of US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen.
"Forcibly attempting to change the constitutional order, exposing state secrets for espionage purposes, obtaining state secrets for political or military espionage, revealing secret information related to state's security or political interest, and international espionage" are among the charges against Dahlan, according to the statement.
Dahlan has previously denied the allegations of involvement in the coup attempt.
Last month, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu accused Dahlan of being a “terrorist ringleader,” saying he would be placed on the most-wanted terrorist list, dubbed the "red list."
A Turkish official familiar with the issue told Middle East Eye at the time that a Turkish prosecutor was readying an indictment against Dahlan.
“It would be a comprehensive paperwork. It would include lots of things you see on the media and his insults against Turkey. It is in the pipeline,” the unnamed official said.
The 58-year-old became a fierce rival of his former ally in the Palestinian Fatah party, Mahmoud Abbas, before fleeing to the United Arab Emirates as an exile.