Germany suspects Turkish imams of espionage

Justice has in Germany Wednesday at four Turkish imams in the Federal States of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate house search. The clergymen are suspected of spying for Turkey.

Would information about the four followers of the cleric Fethullah Gülen to the Turkish Consulate General in Cologne have given. According to Turkey is Gülen, which in the US are staying, behind the attempted coup of last year. The four imams working for the Ditib Turkish-Islamic, the umbrella association in Germany.

Germany feels that the influence that Turkey exerts on the Association is too large. Minister of Justice Heiko Maas demands of Ditib that it gets from Ankara. "The influence of the Turkish State on Ditib is too big," he said Wednesday.