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Turkey adds former Palestinian politician Dahlan to most wanted list

Mohammed Dahlan, a former Fatah security chief, gestures in his office in Abu Dhabi

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey has added exiled Palestinian politician Mohammed Dahlan to its "red list" of most-wanted terrorism suspects, offering a reward of up to 10 million lira ($1.75 million) for information leading to his capture, the Interior Ministry said on Friday.

Arrest warrants have been issued for Dahlan on accusations of playing a role in the 2016 attempted coup in Turkey, seeking to change the constitutional order by force, and various spying-related charges, the ministry said in a statement.

Dahlan has also recently been an outspoken critic of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey accuses U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen and his followers of carrying out the failed putsch of July 2016, when rogue soldiers commandeered warplanes, tanks and helicopters in a bid to seize power in which some 250 people were killed.

Dahlan has lived in the United Arab Emirates since he was driven out of the Palestinian territories in 2011 after a row with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

He was formerly an elected member of Abbas' Fatah party central committee, and was a fierce foe of Hamas, the Islamist group that rules the Gaza Strip and which has forged close ties with Turkey.

Dahlan's party condemned the Turkish move.

"The Democratic Reform Party in Fatah movement views the Turkish decision as a paid incitement to ... assassinate Palestinian leader Mohammed Dahlan, and announces its intentions to prosecute Erdogan's regime inside and outside of Turkey," it said in a statement.



(Reporting by Daren Butler; additional reporting by Nidal Al Mughrabi in Gaza; Editing by Jonathan Spicer and Catherine Evans)