49 suspects detained in anti-Gülen probe in Turkey

49 suspects detained in anti-Gülen probe in Turkey

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49 suspects detained in anti-Gülen probe in Turkey

Police have detained 49 more suspects across Turkey for alleged links to what the authorities call the Fetullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), according to judicial sources on May 24.

Twelve out of 19 suspects sought by detention warrants were detained in the western provinces of İzmir and Çanakkale, in the capital Ankara, and in the eastern province of Van, said the source, who spoke to state-run Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Separately, in the southern province of Adana 22 suspects, including serving army personnel, were rounded up by police for their alleged links to the network of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, an ally turned nemesis of the government.

In the central province of Tokat, 14 former police officers and one teacher were detained on allegations of being FETÖ members.

The Gülen network is widely believed to have orchestrated the July 2016 coup attempt, which left 250 people dead and nearly 2,200 injured.

Although once closely aligned with Gülen, the government now accuses his supporters of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of institutions, particularly the military, police, and the judiciary.

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