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Turkey to arrest 228 Gulen supporters

World [email protected] 18-Feb-2020
Turkey President Erdogan
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Turkish prosecutors ordered the arrest of 228 people over suspected links to the US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara believes was behind a 2016 coup attempt, state-owned Anadolu news agency reported.

During the failed putsch in July 2016 some 250 people were killed. Since then around 80,000 people were jailed and some 150,000 civil servants, military personnel and others sacked or suspended from their jobs.

Earlier today prosecutors ordered the arrest of 157 people, including 101 serving officers, in an investigation of the Turkish Armed Forces, the news agency reported.

It said the operation was based in the western province of Izmir and stretched across 43 provinces.

Separately, prosecutors in the capital Ankara ordered the detention of 71 people in an investigation targeting alleged Gulen supporters in the justice ministry, 33 of them currently working in the ministry.


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