Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman accuses Germany of supporting the network of a U.S.-based Muslim cleric blamed for last year's coup attempt. Saira Jaffer reports.
A spat that won't go away... Turkey blaming Germany for last year's attempted coup. The president's spokeman on Sunday saying Germany supported the network of a U.S. based Muslim cleric who Turkey blames for the botched coup. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESMAN, IBRAHIM KALIN, SAYING: "Let me ask again. Is it possible that the German intelligence doesn't have information on where are these people, what are they doing and who are they meeting? (Presenter Celik saying: chances must be near zero). Why are they protecting them? Because these are useful instruments for Germany to use against Turkey." The spokesman responding to the German head of intelligence saying Ankara has failed to make a case to hold the cleric Fethullah Gulen responsible. Further escalating tensions after Berlin banned Ankara's leaders from rallying support among the Turkish diaspora. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan looking to gain support ahead of a referendum next month - to boost his powers. That, critics say, would lead the country on a dangerous path to authoritarian rule. Turkey has also been locked in a similar feud with the Netherlands when it too barred its ministers from campaigning. Leading Erdogan to lash out branding the Dutch as "Nazi remnants". Both countries have cited public safety concerns for blocking Turkish rallies on their lands.