12 academics, university staff detained in Muğla over alleged Gülen links

Twelve academics and staff from Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University were detained on Thursday over their alleged links with faith-based Gülen movement that Turkish authorities accuse of being behind a failed coup in last July.

As part of an investigation by Muğla Public Prosecutor’s Office, police raided houses of suspects on Thursday and detained twelve suspects while two others are still being searched.

On July 15 last year, a group of rebel soldiers attempted to a military coup that killed over 240 people. Strongly denying having any role in the putsch, Fethullah Gülen, whose views inspired the Gülen movement, called for an international investigation into the coup attempt, but President Erdoğan — calling the coup attempt “a gift from God” — and the government initiated a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.

In the currently ongoing post-coup purge, over 135,000 people, including thousands within the military, have been purged due to their real or alleged connection to the Gülen movement, according to a statement by the labor minister on Jan. 10. As of March 1, 93,248 people were being held without charge, with an additional 46,274 in pre-trial detention. A total of 7,316 academics were dismissed as 4,070 judges and prosecutors were purged over alleged coup involvement or terrorist links. (turkishminute.com) March 3, 2017

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