The document, published in the official gazette Sunday, also shuts down all military schools, academies and non-commissioned officer training institutes and establishes a new national defense university to train officers. In the wake of the attempted coup, which killed more than 200 people, Erdogan launched a sweeping crackdown on those believed linked to the movement of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom he accuses of instigating the coup. Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, denies any knowledge of the coup. A Turkish-language draft document obtained by CBS News shows one motivation that may have driven the failed coup plotters, according to a senior Turkish government official. The source tells CBS News the document shows a prosecutor intended to launch a court case against Erdogan and other top officials on charges of colluding with terrorists, citing as evidence their six-year attempt to negotiate a peace settlement with PKK Kurdish rebels . Gulen’s supporters serve in large numbers in the police, judiciary, and business community in Turkey, and have used lawsuits and court cases in the past against their foes, including their former allies in the AKP (Erdogan’s party). The Gulenists have been at odds with the PKK for influence in the southeast of the country. site webGulenists attempted to indict the head of Turkey’s intelligence agency into court in 2012 on terrorism charges because of his role in negotiating with the PKK. Gulen’s supporters are staunchly against Kurdish autonomy.
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