Turkish intelligence officers detained in FETÖ investigation
Mesut Hasan Benli - ANKARA
More than a dozen noncommissioned officers of Turkey’s National Intelligence Service (MİT) have been detained in an investigation into FETÖ.
The Chief Prosecutor’s Office in Ankara announced on Sept. 18 that the 15 officers were on active duty at MİT’s signal intelligence department.
The officers were detained in Ankara and six other provinces.
The operation is based on testimonies of military personnel who were previously detained in a FETÖ investigation and agreed to cooperate with the prosecution.
As part of a probe into the FETÖ infiltration of the Turkish Naval Forces Command and Coast Guard Command, 10 soldiers were detained on Sept. 17.
The soldiers include a lieutenant colonel, two squadron leaders, three lieutenants and four sergeants.
FETÖ and its U.S.-based leader Fethullah Gülen are believed to have orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people dead and nearly 2,200 injured.
Ankara 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.