A federal human rights lawsuit against an exiled Turkish cleric, who heads a multibillion-dollar network of businesses and nongovernmental organizations, has been dismissed by the federal judge overseeing the case.

The lawsuit against Fethullah Gülen was brought by three members of a rival Islamic subsect on behalf of Turkey. In their suit, the plaintiffs accused Gülen of using agents sympathetic to his movement, who held positions in Turkey’s law enforcement and judicial systems, to illegally arrest and detain individuals opposed to his teachings.

Gülen’s lawyer, Henry E. Hockeimer Jr., said, "It was meritless case from the outset and it really was more about trying to go after a political foe rather than any cognizable legal claim."