61 people sought by Turkish prosecutors over Gülen links

Turkish prosecutors on Wednesday issued detention warrants for 61 people as part of a post-coup crackdown targeting followers of the faith-based Gülen movement, the Sözcü daily reported.

The Kayseri Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office issued detention warrants for 11 businessmen over Gülen links.

Seven of them were detained by police on allegations of enrolling their children in schools affiliated with the movement and depositing money in a bank linked to it.

The Bursa Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office also issued detention warrants for 50 people, including former and active duty military personnel, police officers, businessmen and teachers, on suspicion of Gülen links.

According to the report, 33 of them have been detained by police.

The government believes the Gülen movement orchestrated a failed coup in 2016, although the movement strongly denies it.

Some 140,000 public servants have been dismissed since the abortive putsch due to their alleged Gülen links, and more than 600,000 people have been investigated on allegations of terrorism.


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