German police raid homes of 4 Turkish imams suspected of spying for Ankara

German police raided the apartments of four imams suspected of spying for the Turkish government on followers of cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara accuses of organizing last year’s failed coup.

The Federal Prosecutor’s Office (GBA) said the imams had acted on an order issued on September 20 last year by the Turkey-based Diyanet religious authority, which claims the Gulen movement was behind July’s failed coup.

“The suspects are suspected of having collected information about members of the so-called Gulen movement and passed it on to the general consulate in Cologne,” the GBA said in a statement.