No need to investigate Babacan over criminal links, Ankara prosecutors say

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The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has dismissed a criminal complaint alleging terrorism against former economy minister Ali Babacan, the Diken news website reported on Friday.

According to the decision the complaint contained “intangible” allegations based on which no criminal connection could be determined.

The complaint, filed by a former civil servant at Turkey’s Undersecretariat of the Treasury, accused Babacan of intentionally supporting the Gülen movement.

The Turkish government accuses the Gülen movement of masterminding a failed coup in 2016 although it strongly denies any involvement.

Babacan is reportedly in talks with former President Abdullah Gül to establish a new political party, a move that could potentially weaken the control of incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan over conservative voters.

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