Turkey issues detention warrants for 167 over suspected Gulen links – media

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Turkish police on Tuesday arrested dozens of people looking for 167 suspects, many of whom were active duty soldiers, in a move against supporters of a Muslim preacher whom the government accuses of staging a coup missed in 2016, state media reported.

These detentions were the latest in a four-year crackdown on the network of American cleric Fethullah Gulen. He denies any involvement in the July 2016 putsch, in which some 250 people were killed. Authorities have launched an operation from the coastal province of Izmir looking for 110 suspects, including 16 pilots, colonels and lieutenant-colonels, in 26 provinces, broadcaster TRT Haber reported. He said 89 suspects had been arrested.

In a separate operation targeting Gulen supporters, police searched for 57 other suspects in 15 provinces, state-owned Anadolu news agency reported, adding that 32 people had been arrested. Police spokespersons were not immediately available for comment.

Since the abortive putsch, some 80,000 people have been detained pending trial and around 150,000 civil servants, soldiers and others dismissed or suspended. More than 20,000 people have been expelled from the Turkish army. Turkey’s rights groups and Western allies have criticized the scale of the crackdown, saying the government is using it as a pretext to quell dissent.

The government has denied the charge, saying the measures are necessary for national security.

News Highlights:

  • Turkish police on Tuesday arrested dozens of people looking for 167 suspects, many of whom were active duty soldiers, in a move against supporters of a Muslim preacher whom the government accuses of staging a coup missed in 2016, state media reported. These detentions were the latest in a four-year crackdown on the network of American cleric Fethullah Gulen.
  • Turkey issues detention warrants for 167 people suspected of links to Gülen – Media
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