Morocco’s interior ministry announced this week that it will be permanently closing all schools in the country linked to Fethullah Gülen, the mastermind of the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey. The news comes as Gülen-linked schools in the US are coming under increasing scrutiny:

“Investigations on the establishments of the Mohamed Al-Fatih group, linked to Turkish national Fethullah Gülen, showed they use education to spread the group’s ideology and ideas contrary to the principles of the Moroccan educational and religious system,” a ministry statement said.

After a series of warnings from the education ministry, “it was decided all the group’s educational establishments would be closed within a delay of one month,” it said.

The statement did not say how many schools or pupils would be affected but said the government would strive to ensure the students continued their education in other schools.

Gülen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since 1999, is the main suspect in the probe into the July 15, 2016 failed coup case aimed at toppling Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the governmenment.

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