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Turkey Targets U.S. Schools in Federal Court Over Dissident

  • Ankara issues subpoenas to show charters help Fethullah Gulen
  • Academies deny financing Turkish cleric exiled in Pennsylvania
Fethullah Gulen
Fethullah GulenPhotographer: Thomas Urbain/AFP/Getty Images
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Turkey has turned to the U.S. courts to seek evidence against American charter schools it says are funding the activities of a dissident living in Pennsylvania.

The Turkish government has asked federal judges in Ohio and Illinois to make the schools turn over a trove of documents on their expenditures and employees for a criminal investigation in Turkey. It alleges that the charters are using funds obtained through illicit schemes to help Fethullah Gulen, the exiled cleric it blames for an attempted military coup, run subversive operations back home.