Turkey arrests 81 suspects linked to Gulen in crackdown against Muslim cleric who Ankara accuses of being behind 2016 coup — RT World News

Turkey detained 81 men suspected of being linked to FethullahGulen (a US-based Muslim cleric) who Ankara says was behind the 2016 failed coup attempt that resulted in the deaths of more than 250.

14 of the suspects were arrested in simultaneous operations in the morning of Friday. Meanwhile, 67 were held in 37 provinces. Security sources spoke on condition that they remain anonymous, according the state-owned Anadolu agency.

The capital’s prosecutor issued warrants of arrest for 125 suspects alleged members of the Fethullah Terrorist Organization, Ankara. This includes 29 individuals who were fired from or suspended by the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

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There are currently 18 officers who have not been promoted and 78 former students from military schools. The authorities are still trying to find the rest of those wanted.

The outlet claims that the accused was in touch with the group and used an encrypted messaging app called ByLock to communicate. Authorities believe this was used to coordinate the coup attempt.

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Friday’s arrests, part of a chain of crackdowns over recent years, come after 97 alleged suspects were detained earlier this week after investigations were carried out by the Izmir Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office.

Ankara accuses FETO, a group allegedly headed by a Muslim preacher and who lives in US self-exile from 1999 to 2016, of planning the botched coup attempt. The failed takeover resulted in the deaths of at least 250 and more than 2,000 injuries.

Gulen was once an ally to President Recep Tayyip Erdan and has since denied involvement in the uprising.

After the power grab failed, approximately 150,000 civil servants and military personnel were ousted or removed from their jobs. In addition, 80,000 individuals were held in detention pending trial.

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