Yilmaz Celik, leader of the radical religious group Hizb-ut Tahrir, disappeared after his speech last Friday in the courtyard of the Fatih Mosque, in which he declared that the Caliphate would rise again in Istanbul. A fax sent in the last few days to newspapers from Celik however makes it clear that the leader is not relinquishing his stance on the Caliphate matter:
"Whether it be AKP or CHP, no political party will be able to stop the drive for the return of the Caliphate by Hizb-ut Tahrir. We will increase the fear that resides in the depths of their hearts. Do not forget! Yesterday we gathered in the courtyard of the Fatih Mosque to make our hopeful call. And with Allah's permission, the next time we return, it will be to plant the flag of the Caliphate in Istanbul!"