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Turkey issues arrest warrants for 195 Gulen-linked suspects

International DeskDaily-Bangladesh.com

Turkish prosecutors on Tuesday issued arrest warrants for 195 suspects over links with Gulen movement, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

Warrants were issued by prosecutors in the capital Ankara for 92 Gulen followers; among of whom 56 people were from gendarmerie and 36 from the naval forces.

Konya-based prosecutors issued arrest warrants in 21 provinces for 50 suspects, including active-duty soldiers and air force staff, said the provincial chief prosecutor's office.

Istanbul prosecutors also issued arrest warrants for 53 suspects for using an encrypted smartphone messaging app used by members of Gulen movement.

Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul said on Tuesday that more than 260,000 people are in jail, and nearly 58,000 detained over Gulenists-links so far.

Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based preacher, is accused by Ankara of orchestrating a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016. At least 251 people were killed and over 2,200 people were injured in the coup attempt.

The Turkish government declared a state of emergency and launched a massive crackdown on Gulen's supporters in the aftermath of the coup attempt.


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