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Raids across Turkey as prosecutors issue 695 warrants for coup links
FEATUREDWIB LANDWIB POLITICS February 18, 2020 Staff Writer 0
Istanbul (dpa) – Turkish prosecutors issued warrants for 695 people, including serving soldiers, for their alleged links to a suspected 2016 coup mastermind, state news agency Anadolu reported on Tuesday.
The suspects being sought in raids across the country include Justice Ministry workers, former and current soldiers, and former police officials.
Turkey blames US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen and his FETO movement for a coup attempt on July 15, 2016. The government considers FETO a terrorist organization and has arrested thousands of people with alleged connections to both it and Gulen.
Warrants were issued for 157 people, including 101 serving officers, in the armed forces, plus 71 people, including 33 still working, in the Justice Ministry, Anadolu reported.
An additional 467 suspects were sought as part of an investigation into cheating in police exams in 2009 and using their connections to the Gulen movement to manipulate selection procedures.
The government accuses Gulen of a decades-long campaign to infiltrate state institutions through cheating in public exams, among other tactics.
So far, more than 180 suspects have been arrested in various provinces, according to Anadolu.
Years after the failed coup by a faction in the military, the authorities continue to regularly target those with suspected links to Gulen, a former ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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