Turkey sets $86 mln bounty on fugitive FETÖ suspects

Turkey sets $86 mln bounty on fugitive FETÖ suspects

ANKARA- Anadolu Agency
Turkey sets $86 mln bounty on fugitive FETÖ suspects

Turkey on Oct. 21 announced a bounty of 675 million Turkish liras ($86.4 million) for the capture of 339 fugitives suspected of being members of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), the group behind the 2016 defeated coup in the country.

The Interior Ministry's wanted list contains 42 FETÖ members on red notice, 23 in blue, 17 in green, 48 in orange and 209 in gray, including both civilians and former military personnel who led the July 15 coup attempt.

Turkey’s wanted list is divided into five color-coded categories, with red as the most wanted, followed by blue, green, orange and gray.

Among those in the red category are FETÖ leader Fetullah Gülen, as well as key member of the terror group Adil Öksüz who led the coup attempt from the Akıncı Base near the capital Ankara. Other most-wanted fugitives include
members of FETÖ's so-called advisory council, for a total bounty of 420 million Turkish liras ($53.7 million).

Meanwhile, the total bounty for those in the blue category is 69 million liras ($8.8 million), while 34 million liras ($4.3 million) are on the heads of fugitives on green notice, 48 million liras ($6.1 million) on those on orange and 104 million liras ($13.3 million) on those on gray.

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

Turkey also 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.