Turkish prosecutors ordered the detention of 342 people for alleged links to Gülen in a week


Turkish prosecutors last week ordered the detention of 342 people accused of terrorism because of their alleged links to the Gülen religious movement, local media reported.

The Izmir Attorney General’s Office on Tuesday issued arrest warrants against 112 people, including 15 active duty officers, 32 retired officers and 65 former cadets, on the grounds that they were members of the Gülen movement in within the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK).

The next day, 31 other suspects were arrested on the basis of warrants issued by the same office.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan targets supporters of the Gülen movement, inspired by Turkish Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen, since corruption investigations from December 17 to 25, 2013, which implicated then Prime Minister Erdoğan, members of his family and his entourage.

Dismissing the investigations as a Gulenist coup and a plot against his government, ErdoÄŸan called the movement a terrorist organization and began targeting its members. He stepped up the crackdown on the movement following an aborted coup on July 15, 2016, which he accused of being Gülen’s instigator. Gülen and the movement firmly deny any involvement in the attempted coup or any terrorist activity.

The Ankara General Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday and Friday issued arrest warrants against a total of 137 people, including former students of the Police Academy.

During the week, 93 more arrest warrants were issued by prosecutors in Adana, Edirne, Kocaeli, Malatya, Balıkesir and Afyon against individuals accused of links to the government. Gülen movement.

A total of 319,587 people have been detained and 99,962 arrested in operations against supporters of the Gülen movement since the attempted coup, Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said on Monday.

Following the failed coup, the Turkish government declared a state of emergency and carried out a massive purge of state institutions under the pretext of fighting the coup. More than 130,000 civil servants, including 4,156 judges and prosecutors, as well as 29,444 members of the armed forces, have been summarily dismissed from their posts for belonging to or suspected relations with “terrorist organizations” by emergency decree-laws submitted to no to judicial or parliamentary laws. meticulous examination.

In addition to the thousands of people imprisoned, dozens of other supporters of the Gülen movement have had to flee Turkey to avoid government repression.

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