Dozens detained in FETÖ probe in judiciary

Dozens detained in FETÖ probe in judiciary

ISTANBUL- Anadolu Agency
Dozens detained in FETÖ probe in judiciary

Turkish security forces detained 60 suspects on March 22 for their alleged links to FETÖ, the group behind the defeated coup in 2016 in Turkey.     

An Istanbul prosecutor said that 60 suspects have been detained in a nationwide operation as arrest warrants had been already out for 126 FETÖ suspects over an ongoing probe in the judiciary.     

The 126 suspects- including 108 lawyers- are suspected of hiding at FETÖ safe houses in Istanbul and the capital Ankara.     

The police are looking for the rest of the suspects.     

In a separate police operation in Ankara, eight engineers, who used to work for a major Turkish defense contractor, were detained for using ByLock, an encrypted cellphone application used by FETÖ members.

Ankara prosecutors previously issued arrest warrants for 18 suspects, former employees of the defense contractor for using the encrypted application.     

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.