Turkey issues detention warrants for 24 FETÖ suspects

Turkey issues detention warrants for 24 FETÖ suspects

ADANA-Anadolu Agency
Turkey issues detention warrants for 24 FETÖ suspects

Turkish authorities on July 13 issued detention warrants for 24 suspects over their alleged links to the FETÖ, the group behind the 2016 defeated coup, security sources said.

The warrants for the suspects who were found to be using ByLock, the terror group's encrypted smartphone messaging app, and contacting terror affiliates via pay phone, were issued in the southern Adana province after prosecutors sought their detention as part of an investigation into FETÖ.

The provincial anti-smuggling and organized crime teams carried out simultaneous raids in addresses determined previously in Adana, Karaman, Ankara, Yozgat, Mersin, Kocaeli, and Istanbul provinces in the early morning, said the source who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Some suspects, including former police officers dismissed from post, as well as on active duty nurses were arrested in raids.

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.