Russia bans Turkish Islamic outfit NurcularApril 10th, 2008 - 11:19 pm ICT by admin
Moscow, April 10 (RIA Novosti) Russia’s Supreme Court has ruled that Turkish Islamic organization Nurcular is an extremist organization, and has banned its activities in the country. The Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia had appealed the court to outlaw the group.
“The Supreme Court, having considered in a closed session the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office decided to grant the office’s request,” the court said.
Representatives of the Prosecutor General’s Office, justice ministry and federal security service attended the session, but Nurcular was not represented.
The ruling can be appealed within 10 days.
According to international intelligence data, Nurcular members are connected with the Gray Wolves organization that some consider being a terrorist group.
Nurcular members include wealthy businessmen with substantial political influence in Turkey and abroad.
Russian law enforcement officers said over 20 Turkish followers of Nurcular were deported from Russia in 2002-2004.
A Moscow court ruled in May last year that translations of 14 books by Said Nursi, the sect leader, were extremist literature.
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