Turkey apprehends over 50 FETÖ-linked suspects, including on-duty soldiers
TOKAT - Anadolu Agency
Security forces on Nov. 15 arrested at least 52 suspects across the country over their alleged links to Fetullah Terrorist
Organization (FETÖ), according to police officials.
18 military officers were arrested in 20 different provinces of Turkey after Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office in central Tokat issued arrest warrants for 34 suspects -- including one on-duty lieutenant, 28 sergeants, two specialized sergeants, and three former lieutenants.
Another 34 suspects, including 24 on-duty soldiers, were arrested in an operation launched in 26 provinces after Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office in southeastern Diyarbakir province issued arrest warrants for 56 suspects, another official said.
A separate operation is in progress in 13 different provinces after arrest warrants for 32 suspects were issued by Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office in Bitlis.
The suspects are accused of using FETÖ’s encrypted smartphone messaging application and being member of the terrorist organization.
The movement of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, referred to by the government and prosecutors as the Fetullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), is believed to have orchestrated last July’s coup attempt in Turkey, which killed 250 people and injured nearly 2,200.