According to Ministry of Justice statistics, the total number of Turkish citizens who have faced investigation since July 2016 over links to the faith-based Gülen movement exceeded half a million in January.
According to the ministry, a total of 500,650 people have been investigated over real and alleged links to the Gülen movement.
According to the same statistics, 30,947 people are currently jailed over links to the movement. Arrest warrants for another 22,000 suspects at large have been issued.
A total of 2,060 who are under investigation are below the age of 18, the official report states.
Although Turkish law does not allow the imprisonment of women with small children, more than 700 infants and young children are accompanying mothers jailed over Gülen links.
The imprisonment of pregnant women and unlawful treatment of unborn babies are part of the Turkish government’s massive post-coup witch hunt targeting alleged members of the Gülen movement.
A report published by the Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) revealed the absurd pretexts used by prosecutors to indict suspects and judges to jail innocent people who are alleged to have been affiliated with the Gülen movement. The report finds that the fundamental principles of the rule of law, such as “nulla poena sine lege,” meaning that one cannot be punished for doing something not prohibited by law, have widely and systematically been violated. (SCF with turkishminute.com)