Arrest warrants out for 128 FETÖ suspects

Arrest warrants out for 128 FETÖ suspects

İZMİR/KONYA-Anadolu Agency
Arrest warrants out for 128 FETÖ suspects

Turkish prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for 128 people with suspected links to the FETÖ, the group behind the 2016 defeated coup, a judicial source said on June 18.

The warrants were issued as part of a probe into the terror group's clandestine network in the Turkish Armed Forces by prosecutors in western İzmir and central Konya provinces.

İzmir prosecutors issued arrest warrants for 65 suspects, according to the source who asked not to be named due to restriction on speaking to media.

The suspects include 48 on-duty soldiers who were found to have communicated with "covert imams" of FETÖ via payphone.

Konya prosecutors issued arrest warrants for 63 more suspects, another judicial source said. They had also been in contact with the imams.

Also, security operations were carried out across 30 provinces.

Meanwhile, 64 were detained on June 18 for suspected links to the FETÖ, judicial sources said.

FETÖ and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gülen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people killed and nearly 2,200 injured.

Turkey accuses FETÖ of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

Turkey, FETÖ, coup attempt